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The Spectacle of Death by Kristin Boudreau

The Spectacle of Death

  • Paperback $21.99

    Apr 04, 2006 | 292 Pages

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“This exploration of execution literature offers not only close analysis of literary works—from bestselling books to little-known poems—inspired by publicly sanctioned deaths, but also vivid retellings of some less than judicious episodes in America’s past….Boudreau’s…consideration of literature of the public conscience—whether watershed or nearly anonymous—is thought-provoking and timely.”

Publishers Weekly

The Spectacle of Death … is a very readable and fascinating trip through American history. It … makes an important contribution to our knowledge of America’s vexed relationship to the ultimate punishment.”

- Austin Sarat
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence
and Political Science, Amherst College

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