A visionary book in the repertoire of prison literature. When Normal Mailer was writing The Executioner’s Song, he received a letter from Jack Henry Abbott, a convict, in which Abbott offered to educate him in the realities of life in a maximum security prison. This book organizes Abbott’s by now classic letters to Mailer, which evoke his infernal vision of the prison nightmare.
About Jack Henry Abbott
Born in Michigan in 1944, Jack Henry Abbott spent most of his childhood in foster care and his teen years in various detention centers. While serving a long sentence for killing a fellow inmate, he wrote to Norman Mailer and… More about Jack Henry Abbott