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While writing The Executioner's Song, Norman Mailer 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 classic letters to Mailer, which evoke his infernal vision of the prison nightmare.
"Astonishing...a work touched with dark greatness...In brutal prose that dredges up its own poetry, he inverts our reality and inserts his. Darkness, light, hunger, fear, sorry never have been more extremely defined."--Los Angeles Times Book Review