JACK AND NORMAN: A State-Raised Convict and the Legacy of Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song
In the middle of writing his novel about condemned killer Gary Gilmore, Norman Mailer began a correspondence with convict Jack Henry Abbott. With support from Mailer and other writers, Abbott was freed from prison in 1981, quickly becoming the literary "It" boy of New York City with his book In the Belly of the Beast. But within six weeks of his release, Abbott committed murder again. Photos.
Publisher: St. Martin's
Item #: 6855695