The Executioner's Song (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

The Executioner's Song (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

The Executioner's Song (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

The Executioner's Song (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

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Overview

Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in a brand-new edition.

Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer, The Executioner's Song follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. And that fight for the right to die is what made him famous.

Mailer tells not only Gilmore's story, but those of the men and women caught in the web of his life and drawn into his procession toward the firing squad. All with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscape and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. The Executioner's Song is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest source of American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement-impossible to put down, impossible to forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446584388
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Pages: 1136
Sales rank: 76,407
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.40(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)

About the Author

Norman Mailer was born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 1955, he was one of the co-founders of the Village Voice. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner's Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot's Ghost; Oswald's Tale; The Gospel According to the Son, The Castle and the Forest and On God. He died in 2007.

Dave Eggers is the award-winning and bestselling author of many books, including the National Book Award finalist A Hologram for the King, as well as books for younger readers including What Can a Citizen Do?, Her Right Foot, This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, and The Lifters. He is the founder of the independent publishing company McSweeney's and the nonprofit organization ScholarMatch, in addition to cofounding The International Congress of Youth Voices and 826 Valencia, which has inspired similar organizations worldwide. Eggers lives in Northern California.

Hometown:

Provincetown, Massachusetts, and New York, New York

Date of Birth:

January 31, 1923

Date of Death:

November 10, 2007

Place of Birth:

Long Branch, New Jersey

Education:

B.S., Harvard University, 1943; Sorbonne, Paris, 1947-48

Table of Contents

Book 1Western Voices
Part 1Gary3
Part 2Nicole69
Part 3Gary and Nicole119
Part 4The Gas Station and the Motel205
Part 5The Shadows of the Dream307
Part 6The Trial of Gary M. Gilmore371
Part 7Death Row453
Book 2Eastern Voices
Part 1In the Reign of Good King Boaz507
Part 2Exclusive Rights575
Part 3The Hunger Strike665
Part 4The Holiday Season739
Part 5Pressures791
Part 6Into the Light899
Part 7The Fading of the Heart993
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