Summary Book Review The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer:
Download or read book The Executioner's Song written by Norman Mailer and published by Random House. This book was released on 1991 with total page 1074 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A Pulitzer Prize-winning account of murderer Gary Gilmore's desire to die. In 1976 he robbed two men and then shot them in cold blood. His subsequent battle with the authorities for the right to die made him a worldwide celebrity and ensured that his execution turned into a gruesome media event.
Summary Book Review The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer:
Download or read book The Executioner's Song written by Norman Mailer and published by Boston; Toronto: Little Brown. This book was released on 1979 with total page 1078 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A reconstruction of the crime and fate of Gary Gilmore, the convicted murderer who sought his own execution in Utah where he was imprisoned, is based on taped interviews with relatives, friends, lawyers, and law-enforcement officials
Summary Book Review The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer:
Download or read book The Executioner's Song written by Norman Mailer and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2012-05-08 with total page 1136 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.
Summary Book Review Summary and Analysis of The Executioner's Song by Worth Books:
Download or read book Summary and Analysis of The Executioner's Song written by Worth Books and published by Open Road Media. This book was released on 2017-01-31 with total page 30 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Executioner’s Song tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Norman Mailer’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This summary of The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer includes: Historical context Part-by-part summaries Detailed timeline of key events Profiles of the main characters Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer: Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize–winning The Executioner’s Song tells the story of Gary Gilmore, the convicted murderer whose death penalty sentence became a lightning rod for public debate over capital punishment. Though it reads like a novel, the book is a magnum opus of creative nonfiction, drawing from reams of documents and countless hours of interviews to paint a nuanced picture of Gilmore and the events that led up to his 1979 execution by firing squad. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.
Summary Book Review Jack and Norman by Jerome Loving:
Download or read book Jack and Norman written by Jerome Loving and published by Macmillan. This book was released on 2017-02-21 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This is the story of an author and his apprentice. It is the story of literary influence and tragedy. It is also the story of incarceration in America. Norman Mailer was writing The Executioner’s Song, his novel about condemned killer Gary Gilmore, when he struck up a correspondence with Jack Henry Abbott, Federal Prisoner 87098-132. Over time, Abbott convinced the famous author that he was a talented writer who deserved another chance at freedom. With letters of support from Mailer and other literary elites of the day, Abbott was released on parole in 1981. With Mailer’s help, Abbott quickly became the literary “it boy” of New York City. But in a shocking turn of events, the day before a rave review of Abbott’s book, In the Belly of the Beast, appeared in The New York Times, Abbott murdered a New York City waiter and fled to Mexico. Eerily, like Gary Gilmore in Mailer’s true-life novel, Abbott killed within six weeks of his release from prison. Now Jerome Loving explores the history of two of the most infamous books of the past 50 years, a fascinating story that has never before been told.
Summary Book Review Evolving Standards of Decency by Mary Welek Atwell:
Download or read book Evolving Standards of Decency written by Mary Welek Atwell and published by Peter Lang. This book was released on 2004 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Evolving Standards of Decency examines the ways in which popular culture portrays the death penalty. By analyzing literature and film, Atwell argues that capital punishment becomes much more complex when both offenders and victims are presented as fully developed individuals. Those studying justice issues, corrections, or capital punishment will find this an accessible work that places the stories read in novels or seen in movies in the context of the legal system that has the power of life and death.
Summary Book Review The American Biographical Novel by Michael Lackey:
Download or read book The American Biographical Novel written by Michael Lackey and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2016-04-07 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Before the 1970s, there were only a few acclaimed biographical novels. But starting in the 1980s, there was a veritable explosion of this genre of fiction, leading to the publication of spectacular biographical novels about figures as varied as Abraham Lincoln, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Friedrich Nietzsche, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Henry James, and Marilyn Monroe, just to mention a notable few. This publication frenzy culminated in 1999 when two biographical novels (Michael Cunningham's The Hours and Russell Banks' Cloudsplitter) were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and Cunningham's novel won the award. In The American Biographical Novel, Michael Lackey charts the shifts in intellectual history that made the biographical novel acceptable to the literary establishment and popular with the general reading public. More specifically, Lackey clarifies the origin and evolution of this genre of fiction, specifies the kind of 'truth' it communicates, provides a framework for identifying how this genre uniquely engages the political, and demonstrates how it gives readers new access to history.
Summary Book Review Literature and the Rise of the Interview by Rebecca Roach:
Download or read book Literature and the Rise of the Interview written by Rebecca Roach and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 2019-01-29 with total page 294 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Today interviews proliferate everywhere: in newspapers, on television, and in anthologies; as a method they are a major tool of medicine, the law, the social sciences, oral history projects, and journalism; and in the book trade interviews with authors are a major promotional device. We live in an 'interview society'. How did this happen? What is it about the interview form that we find so appealing and horrifying? Are we all just gossips or is there something more to it? What are the implications of our reliance on this bizarre dynamic for publicity, subjectivity, and democracy? Literature and the Rise of the Interview addresses these questions from the perspective of literary culture. The book traces the ways in which the interview form has been conceived and deployed by writers, and interviewing has been understood as a literary-critical practice. It excavates what we might call a 'poetics' of the interview form and practice. In so doing it covers 150 years and four continents. It includes a diverse rostrum of well-known writers, such as Henry James, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Djuna Barnes, William Burroughs, Philip Roth, J. M. Coetzee and Toni Morrison, while reintroducing some individuals that history has forgotten, such as Betty Ross, 'Queen of Interviewers', and Julian Hawthorne, Nathaniel's profligate son. Together these stories expose the interview's position in the literary imagination and consider what this might tell us about conceptions of literature, authorship, and reading communities in modernity.
Summary Book Review Sentenced to Death by David Guest:
Download or read book Sentenced to Death written by David Guest and published by Univ. Press of Mississippi. This book was released on 1996 with total page 179 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Summary Book Review Truthful Fictions: Conversations with American Biographical Novelists by Michael Lackey:
Download or read book Truthful Fictions: Conversations with American Biographical Novelists written by Michael Lackey and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2014-02-27 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this new collection of interviews, some of America's most prominent novelists identify the key intellectual developments that led to the rise of the contemporary biographical novel, discuss the kind of historical 'truth' this novel communicates, indicate why this narrative form is superior to the traditional historical novel, and reflect on the ideas and characters central to their individual works. These interviews do more than just define an innovative genre of contemporary fiction. They provide a precise way of understanding the complicated relationship and pregnant tensions between contextualized thinking and historical representation, interdisciplinary studies and 'truth' production, and fictional reality and factual constructions. By focusing on classical and contemporary debates regarding the nature of the historical novel, this volume charts the forces that gave birth to a new incarnation of this genre.
Summary Book Review Norman Mailer by Harold Bloom:
Download or read book Norman Mailer written by Harold Bloom and published by Infobase Publishing. This book was released on 2003 with total page 271 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An American novelist, journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter and film director, Norman Mailer won the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once. Along with Joan Didion, Truman Capote, and Tom Wolfe, Mailer was a practitioner of New Journalism, a genre which encompassed the essay and other nonfiction writing.
Summary Book Review Real Life Writings in American Literary Journalism: a Narratological Study by Gurpreet Kaur:
Download or read book Real Life Writings in American Literary Journalism: a Narratological Study written by Gurpreet Kaur and published by Partridge Publishing. This book was released on 2015-07-24 with total page 258 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This referential collection of essays is an important guide to the emergence and development of literary journalism through the centuries. The book begins with the defining of genres, literature and journalism, which blur the lines between them. It also gives an insight into the theories of narratology. Some practitioners included in this book are great American writers like, John Hersey, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer and Don DeLillo. These literary journalists bring to life both major as well trivial issues of the society. New journalists coalesce all the fictional techniques with the journalistic methods to present a unique and sophisticated style which requires extensive research and even more careful reporting than done in the typical news articles. The book closes with the concluding thoughts followed by list of works cited.
Download or read book Biofiction written by Michael Lackey and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2021-07-07 with total page 198 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Biofiction: An Introduction provides readers with the history, origins, evolution, and legitimization of biofiction, suggesting potential lines of inquiry, exploring criticisms of the literary form, and modeling the process of analyzing and interpreting individual texts. Written for undergraduate and graduate students, this volume combines comprehensive coverage of the core foundations of biofiction with contemporary and lively debates within the subject. The volume aims to confront and illuminate the following questions: • When did biofiction come into being? • What forces gave birth to it? • How does it uniquely function and signify? • Why has it become such a dominant aesthetic form in recent years? This introduction will give readers a framework for evaluating specific biofictions from writers as varied as Friedrich Nietzsche, George Moore, Zora Neale Hurston, William Styron, Angela Carter, Joyce Carol Oates, and Colm Tóibín, thus enabling readers to assess the value and impact of individual works on the culture at large. Spanning nineteenth-century origins to contemporary debates and adaptations, this book not only equips the reader with a firm grounding in the fundamentals of biofiction but also provides a valuable guide to the uncanny power of the biographical novel to transform cultural attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs.
Summary Book Review The Rise of True Crime: 20th-Century Murder and American Popular Culture by Jean Murley:
Download or read book The Rise of True Crime: 20th-Century Murder and American Popular Culture written by Jean Murley and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2008-08-30 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: During the 1950s and 1960s True Detective magazine developed a new way of narrating and understanding murder. It was more sensitive to context, gave more psychologically sophisticated accounts, and was more willing to make conjectures about the unknown thoughts and motivations of killers than others had been before. This turned out to be the start of a revolution, and, after a century of escalating accounts, we have now become a nation of experts, with many ordinary people able to speak intelligently about blood-spatter patterns and organized vs. disorganized serial killers. The Rise of True Crime examines the various genres of true crime using the most popular and well-known examples. And despite its examination of some of the potentially negative effects of the genre, it is written for people who read and enjoy true crime, and wish to learn more about it. With skyrocketing crime rates and the appearance of a frightening trend toward social chaos in the 1970s, books, documentaries, and fiction films in the true crime genre tried to make sense of the Charles Manson crimes and the Gary Gilmore execution events. And in the 1980s and 1990s, true crime taught pop culture consumers about forensics, profiling, and highly technical aspects of criminology. We have thus now become a nation of experts, with many ordinary people able to speak intelligently about blood-spatter patterns and organized vs. disorganized serial killers. Through the suggestion that certain kinds of killers are monstrous or outside the realm of human morality, and through the perpetuation of the stranger-danger idea, the true crime aesthetic has both responded to and fostered our culture's fears. True crime is also the site of a dramatic confrontation with the concept of evil, and one of the few places in American public discourse where moral terms are used without any irony, and notions and definitions of evil are presented without ambiguity. When seen within its historical context, true crime emerges as a vibrant and meaningful strand of popular culture, one that is unfortunately devalued as lurid and meaningless pulp.
Summary Book Review National Identities and Post-Americanist Narratives by Donald E. Pease:
Download or read book National Identities and Post-Americanist Narratives written by Donald E. Pease and published by Duke University Press. This book was released on 1994 with total page 340 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: National narratives create imaginary relations within imagined communities called national peoples. But in the American narrative, alongside the nexus of belonging established for the national community, the national narrative has represented other peoples (women, blacks, "foreigners", the homeless) from whom the property of nationness has been removed altogether and upon whose differences from them the national people depended for the construction of their norms. Dismantling this opposition has become the task of post-national (Post-Americanist) narratives, bent on changing the assumptions that found the "national identity." This volume, originally published as a special issue of bounrary 2, focuses on the process of assembling and dismantling the American national narrative(s), sketching its inception and demolition. The contributors examine various cultural, political, and historical sources--colonial literature, mass movements, epidemics of disease, mass spectacle, transnational corporations, super-weapons, popular magazines, literary texts--out of which this narrative was constructed, and propose different understandings of nationality and identity following in its wake. Contributors. Jonathan Arac, Lauren Berlant, Robert J. Corber, Elizabeth Freeman, Kathryn V. Lingberg, Jack Matthews, Alan Nadel, Patrick O'Donnell, Daniel O'Hara, Donald E. Pease, Ross Posnock, John Carlos Rowe, Rob Wilson
Summary Book Review The Oxford Guide to Contemporary World Literature by John Sturrock:
Download or read book The Oxford Guide to Contemporary World Literature written by John Sturrock and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 1997 with total page 516 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: opinion, the Guide offers a discriminating - and sometimes controversial - view of a broad range of contemporary literatures.
Summary Book Review Cruel and Unusual by Anne-Marie Cusac:
Download or read book Cruel and Unusual written by Anne-Marie Cusac and published by Yale University Press. This book was released on 2009-03-17 with total page 333 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The statistics are startling. Since 1973, America’s imprisonment rate has multiplied over five times to become the highest in the world. More than two million inmates reside in state and federal prisons. What does this say about our attitudes toward criminals and punishment? What does it say about us? This book explores the cultural evolution of punishment practices in the United States. Anne-Marie Cusac first looks at punishment in the nation’s early days, when Americans repudiated Old World cruelty toward criminals and emphasized rehabilitation over retribution. This attitude persisted for some 200 years, but in recent decades we have abandoned it, Cusac shows. She discusses the dramatic rise in the use of torture and restraint, corporal and capital punishment, and punitive physical pain. And she links this new climate of punishment to shifts in other aspects of American culture, including changes in dominant religious beliefs, child-rearing practices, politics, television shows, movies, and more. America now punishes harder and longer and with methods we would have rejected as cruel and unusual not long ago. These changes are profound, their impact affects all our lives, and we have yet to understand the full consequences.