Prison Writing in 20th-century America

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Howard Bruce Franklin
Penguin, 1998 - Fiction - 368 pages
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This unique collection dramatizes the history of the modern American prison and offers a harrowing vision of prison life in America today. H. Bruce Franklin, a leading authority on American prison writing, has gathered more than sixty selections from some of the most powerful works - memoirs, stories, novels, poemswritten in the last hundred years.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Tom Wicker
1
PLANTATION PRISON
21
SONGS OF THE PRISON PLANTATION
29
JACK LONDON
37
DONALD LOWRIE
57
Cell Mates 1920
63
KATE RICHARDS OHARE
73
JIM TULLY
89
ASSATA SHAKUR JoAnne Chesimard
200
THE LITERARY RENAISSANCE
215
ETHERIDGE KNIGHT
230
NORMA STAFFORD
239
WILLIAM WANTLING
242
CAROLYN BAXTER
248
JACKIE RUZAS
256
HEARD
280

ERNEST BOOTH
102
CHESTER HIMES
119
NELSON ALGREN
129
ROBERT LOWELL
141
MALCOLM X
147
GEORGE JACKSON
155
ICEBERG SLIM Robert Beck
166
MSHAKA Willie Monroe
178
JACK HENRY ABBOTT
187
CHARLES CULHANE
290
KIM WOZENCRAFT
306
JEROME WASHINGTON
318
KATHY BOUDIN
329
DANNIE MARTIN Red Hog
337
MUMIA ABUJAMAL
350
JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA
357
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Tom Wicker covered American politics at The New York Times from 1960 to the early 1990s, when he succeeded Arthur Krock as writer of the “In the Nation” column. He is the author of several books of nonfiction, including One of Us: Richard Nixon and the American Dream, and JFK and LBJ, as well as several novels.

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