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The Executioner's Song

The Executioner's Song
A Book

by Norman Mailer

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 1998
  • Pages : 1056
  • ISBN : 9780375700811
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Written in 1979, the author's Pulitzer Prize-winner raises the story of Gary Gilmore, a lifelong criminal who fought against the justice system to win his own execution for a double murder, to the level of classic literature. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Summary and Analysis of The Executioner's Song

Summary and Analysis of The Executioner's Song
Based on the Book by Norman Mailer

by Worth Books

  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release : 2017-01-31
  • Pages : 30
  • ISBN : 1504043707
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

The Executioner's Song

The Executioner's Song
Screenplay

by Norman Mailer

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1981
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Other in The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer

The Other in The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
A Book

by Christelle Thieffry

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1996
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Executioner's Song

The Executioner's Song
A Book

by D. B. Dakota

  • Publisher : Wings Epress, Incorporated
  • Release : 2016-06-04
  • Pages : 310
  • ISBN : 9781613097366
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What an awful thing it is to happen upon the body--your friend--ID'd only by a scrap of clothing. The law alleges he jumped off the bridge--600 feet? Fell? Thrown? Racing home to the victim's Taos adobe, you find him there and on TV being interviewed: He must sell his art, over a hundred paintings. Yet he's famous, so why the backlog? And on the screen is your own portrait right there in the home of the NY TV host. What is going on? You need a private investigator. No need for the sheriff, he hates Indians. And sheriff is the brother of the artist's agent.Does the PI see a connection here? You bet, strong enough to launch a sequence of psyche stratagems to break the brothers, because the TV pitchman is really the agent, impersonating his own client. You happen to know music--you have a little band--and so does the PI, so here it comes: The brothers in the nightclub being entertained by the ballad reenact to what happened at the bridge. They scramble to the crime scene to cover up something overlooked when they murdered. The PI's hi-tech gadgetry at the scene cuffs them.

'The Executioner's Song

'The Executioner's Song
Production Information

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2022
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Executioner's Song

The Executioner's Song
A Book

by Norman Mailer

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2012-05-08
  • Pages : 1136
  • ISBN : 1455510831
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Walking Into the Nightmare

Walking Into the Nightmare
An Examination of Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song

by Steven Craig Walker

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1984
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Ballad of Contradictions

A Ballad of Contradictions
Norman Mailer: The Executioner's Song

by Novák Mónika

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1993
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Shot in the Heart

Shot in the Heart
A Book

by Mikal Gilmore

  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release : 2009-09-23
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 0307423646
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE Haunting, harrowing, and profoundly affecting, Shot in the Heart exposes and explores a dark vein of American life that most of us would rather ignore. It is a book that will leave no reader unchanged. Gary Gilmore, the infamous murderer immortalized by Norman Mailer in The Executioner's Song, campaigned for his own death and was executed by firing squad in 1977. Writer Mikal Gilmore is his younger brother. In Shot in the Heart, he tells the stunning story of their wildly dysfunctional family: their mother, a black sheep daughter of unforgiving Mormon farmers; their father, a drunk, thief, and con man. It was a family destroyed by a multigenerational history of child abuse, alcoholism, crime, adultery, and murder. Mikal, burdened with the guilt of being his father's favorite and the shame of being Gary's brother, gracefully and painfully relates a murder tale "from inside the house where murder is born... a house that, in some ways, [he has] never been able to leave." Shot in the Heart is the history of an American family inextricably tied up with violence, and the story of how the children of this family committed murder and murdered themselves in payment for a long lineage of ruin.

Jack and Norman

Jack and Norman
A State-Raised Convict and the Legacy of Norman Mailer's "The Executioner's Song"

by Jerome Loving

  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release : 2017-02-21
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1250107008
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

"Let's Do It!"

'Let's Do It!'
Criminality, Space, and Law in Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song

by Claire M. Pelonis

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2015
  • Pages : 50
  • ISBN : 9781339038780
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Abstract: This thesis will demonstrate the ways in which Mailer treats the Gilmore v. Utah case, the space of the courtroom, and the legal system that Gary Gilmore challenged. The Executioner's Song can be used as a document of sorts, displaying changing attitudes within the traditional American fascination with marginal characters, death-row inmates specifically. This thesis also argues that Mailer presents a man who believes in the law and in upholding the sentences that are given to those who break it. Additionally, Mailer exploits the space of the courtroom and the state of Utah as places in order to establish a discussion regarding capital punishment and criminal figures in the United States. Finally, this thesis will look at the specific way that Mailer presents the legal facts of the case and the liberties he took with these details in order to construct his "true-life novel" in a very particular way.

In Cold Blood and the Executioner's Song

In Cold Blood and the Executioner's Song
A Generic Reconception

by Norma A. Lynch

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1989
  • Pages : 106
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Executioner's Song

The Executioner's Song
Whose Song is it Anyway?

by Tricia Hoffman

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1998
  • Pages : 37
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Literature and the Remains of the Death Penalty

Literature and the Remains of the Death Penalty
A Book

by Peggy Kamuf

  • Publisher : Fordham Univ Press
  • Release : 2018-10-16
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN : 0823282317
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Why have generations of philosophers failed or refused to articulate a rigorous challenge to the death penalty, when literature has been rife with death penalty abolitionism for centuries? In this book, Peggy Kamuf explores why any properly philosophical critique of capital punishment in the West must confront the literary as that which exceeds the logical demands of philosophy. Jacques Derrida has written that “the modern history of the institution named literature in Europe over the last three or four centuries is contemporary with and indissociable from a contestation of the death penalty.” How, Kamuf asks, does literature contest the death penalty today, particularly in the United States where it remains the last of its kind in a Western nation that professes to be a democracy? What resources do fiction, narrative, and poetic language supply in the age of the remains of the death penalty? Following a lucid account of Derrida’s approach to the death penalty, Kamuf pursues this question across several literary texts. In reading Orwell’s story “A Hanging,” Kamuf explores the relation between literary narration and the role of the witness, concluding that such a witness needs the seal of literary language in order to account for the secret of the death penalty. The next chapter turns to the American scene with Robert Coover’s 1977 novel The Public Burning, which restages the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg as an outlandish public spectacle in Times Square. Because this fictional device reverses the drive toward secrecy that, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, put an end to public executions in the West, Kamuf reads the novel in a tension with the current tendency in the U.S. to shore up and protect remaining death penalty practices through increasingly pervasive secrecy measures. A reading of Norman Mailer’s 1979 novel The Executioner’s Song, shows the breakdown of any firm distinction between suicide and capital execution and explores the essential affinity between traditional narrative structure, which is plotted from the end, and the “plot” of a death penalty. Final readings of Kafka, Derrida, and Baudelaire consider the relation between literature and law, showing how performative literary language can “play the law. “A brief conclusion, titled “Postmortem,” reflects on the condition of literature as that which survives the death penalty. A major contribution to the field of law and society, this book makes the case for literature as a space for contesting the death penalty, a case that scholars and activists working across a range of traditions will need to confront.

The Naked and the Dead

The Naked and the Dead
A Book

by Norman Mailer

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2018-11-01
  • Pages : 688
  • ISBN : 0241340500
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Based on Mailer's own experience of military service in the Philippines during World War Two, The Naked and the Dead' is a graphically truthful and shattering portrayal of ordinary men in battle. First published in 1949, as America was still basking in the glories of the Allied victory, it altered forever the popular perception of warfare. Focusing on the experiences of a fourteen-man platoon stationed on a Japanese-held island in the South Pacific during World War II, and written in a journalistic style, it tells the moving story of the soldiers' struggle to retain a sense of dignity amidst the horror of warfare, and to find a source of meaning in their lives amisdst the sounds and fury of battle.

The Theory and Practice of American Literary Naturalism

The Theory and Practice of American Literary Naturalism
Selected Essays and Reviews

by Donald Pizer

  • Publisher : SIU Press
  • Release : 1993
  • Pages : 235
  • ISBN : 9780809318476
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In his first book devoted exclusively to naturalism, Donald Pizer brings together thirteen essays and four reviews written over a thirty-year period that in their entirety constitute a full-scale interpretation of the basic character and historical shape of naturalism in America. The essays fall into three groups. Some deal with the full range of American naturalism, from the 1590s to the late twentieth century, and some are confined either to the 1890s or to the twentieth century. In addition to the essays, an introduction in which Pizer recounts the development of his interest in American naturalism, reviews of recent studies of naturalism, and a selected bibliography contribute to an understanding of Pizer's interpretation of the movement. One of the recurrent themes in the essays is that the interpretation of American naturalism has been hindered by the common view that the movement is characterized by a commitment to Emile Zola's deterministic beliefs and that naturalistic novels are thus inevitably crude and simplistic both in theme and method. Rather than accept this notion, Pizer insists that naturalistic novels be read closely not for their success or failure in rendering obvious deterministic beliefs but rather for what actually does occur within the dynamic play of theme and form within the work. Adopting this method, Pizer finds that naturalistic fiction often reveals a complex and suggestive mix of older humanistic faiths and more recent doubts about human volition, and that it renders this vital thematic ambivalence in increasingly sophisticated forms as the movement matures. In addition, Pizer demonstrates that American naturalism cannot be viewed monolithically as a school with a common body of belief and value. Rather, each generation of American naturalists, as well as major figures within each generation, has responded to threads within the naturalistic impulse in strikingly distinctive ways. And it is indeed this absence of a rigid doctrinal core and the openness of the movement to individual variation that are responsible for the remarkable vitality and longevity of the movement. Because the essays have their origin in efforts to describe the general characteristics of American naturalism rather than in a desire to cover the field fully, some authors and works are discussed several times (though from different angles) and some referred to only briefly or not at all. But the essays as a collection are "complete" in the sense that they comprise an interpretation of American naturalism both in its various phases and as a whole. Those authors whose works receive substantial discussion include Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, Edith Wharton, James T. Farrell, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, and William Kennedy. Of special interest is Pizer's essay on Ironweed, which appears here for the first time.

The Armies of the Night

The Armies of the Night
History as a Novel, the Novel as History

by Norman Mailer

  • Publisher : Odyssey Editions
  • Release : 2013-10-15
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1623730236
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Armies of the Night chronicles the famed October 1967 March on the Pentagon, in which all of the old and new Left—hippies, yuppies, Weathermen, Quakers, Christians, feminists, and intellectuals—came together to protest the Vietnam War. Alongside his contemporaries, Mailer went, witnessed, participated, suffered, and then wrote one of the most stark and intelligent appraisals of the 1960s: its myths, heroes, and demons. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a cornerstone of New Journalism, The Armies of the Night is not only a fascinating foray into that mysterious terrain between novel and history, fiction and nonfiction, but also a key chapter in the autobiography of Norman Mailer—who, in this nonfiction novel, becomes his own great character, letting history in all its complexity speak through him.

Invisible Persuasion

Invisible Persuasion
Narrative Technique in The Executioner's Song, Hell's Angels, and the New Journalism

by Jessica Steuart Mering

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2003
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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On God

On God
An Uncommon Conversation

by Norman Mailer,J. Michael Lennon

  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release : 2009-11-01
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 0826427405
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Norman Mailer speaks intimately about the nature of God, His power and creativity, and the three way relationship between God, the devil, and man.