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The Executioner's Song

Mailer, Norman

ISBN 10: 0316544175 / ISBN 13: 9780316544177
Published by Little, Brown and Company, 1979
Used Condition: Near fine Hardcover
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Flat SIGNED by Norman Mailer on a tipped in page. The volume is bumped at the spine ends and lightly sunned on the edges. The unclipped dust jacket, sleeved in mylar, has some light edge wrinkles. Bookseller Inventory # 14050421

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Title: The Executioner's Song

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize

In what is arguably his greatest book, America's most heroically ambitious writer follows
the short, blighted career of Gary Gilmore, an intractably violent product of America's
prisons who became notorious for two reasons: first, for robbing two men in 1976, then
killing them in cold blood; and, second, after being tried and convicted, for insisting on
dying for his crime. To do so, he had to fight a system that seemed paradoxically intent on
keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death.

Norman Mailer tells Gilmore's story--and those of the men and women caught up in his
procession toward the firing squad--with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a
restraint that evokes the parched landscapes and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. The
Executioner's Song
is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest sources of
American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement--impossible to put down, impossible to forget.

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In the summer of 1976 Gary Gilmore robbed two men. Then he shot them in cold blood. For those murders Gilmore was sent to languish on Death Row - and could confidently expect his sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment. In America, no one had been executed for ten years. But Gary Gilmore wanted to die, and his ensuing battle with the authorities for the right to do so made him into a world-wide celebrity - and ensured that his execution turned into the most gruesome media event of the decade.

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