Education of a Felon: A Memoir

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Macmillan, Aug 18, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 299 pages
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In Education of a Felon, the reigning champion of prison novelists finally tells his own story. The son of an alcoholic stagehand father and a Busby Berkeley chorus girl, Bunker was--at seventeen--the youngest inmate ever in San Quentin. His hard-won experiences on L.A.'s meanest streets and in and out of prison gave him the material to write some of the grittiest and most affecting novels of our time.
From smoking a joint in the gas chamber to leaving fingerprints on a knife connected to a serial kiler, from Hollywood's steamy undersde to swimming in the Neptune pool at San Simeon, Bunker delivers a memoir as colorful as any of his novels and as compelling as the life he's lead.

 

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EDUCATION OF A FELON: A Memoir

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The felon-turned-author (Little Boy Blue, 1997, etc.) revisits the sorry, sordid scenes of his endless crimes. Bunker claims he was conceived during a 1933 earthquake and born during a great deluge ... Read full review

Education of a felon: a memoir

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Having served a total of 18 years in prison, Bunker has made a career out of being an ex-felon in the decades since his release. His four works of fiction (No Beast Too Fierce, Animal Factory, Little ... Read full review

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Contents

No Heaven No Hell
1
StateRaised in California
13
Among the Condemned
26
Whores Hearst and Hollywoods Angel
55
Night Train to San Quentin
92
Tick Tock Turns the Clock 52 53 54 55
110
Awaiting Parole
128
The Land of Milk and Honey
146
The Run
166
The Shit Hits the Fan
203
On the Lam
213
Adjudged Criminally Insane
225
Stuck in Folsom Prison
247
Prison Race War
264
PARIS JUST BEFORE SPRING
295
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About the author (2001)

Edward Bunker's novels No Beast so Fierce and The Animal Factory were made into the movies Straight Time with Dustin Hoffman and Animal Factory with Edward Furlong. Bunker played Mr. Blue in Quentin Tarantin's Reservoir Dogs and was a cowriter of the screenplay for Runaway Train. Education of a Felon is his first nonfiction book. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

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