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The Executioner's Song

Mailer, Norman

ISBN 10: 0316544175 / ISBN 13: 9780316544177
Published by Little, Brown and Company, 1979
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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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ANDREW O'HAGAN 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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The Executioner's Song is a work of unprecedented force. It is the true story of Gary Gilmore, who in 1977 became the first person executed in the United States since the reinstitution of the death penalty. Gilmore, a violent yet articulate man who chose not to fight his death-penalty sentence, touched off a national debate about capital punishment. He allowed Norman Mailer and researcher Lawrence Schiller complete access to his story. Mailer took the material and produced an immense book with a dry, unwavering voice and meticulous attention to detail on Gilmore's life--particularly his relationship with Nicole Baker, whom Gilmore claims to have killed. What unfolds is a powerful drama, a distorted love affair, and a chilling look into the mind of a murderer in his countdown with a firing squad.

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