June 1, 1998
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0140273050
ISBN - 13: 9780140273052
Table of Contents
AcknowledgmentsForeword by Tom WickerIntroductionFrom Plantation to PenitentiaryPlantation PrisonAutobiography of an Imprisoned Peon (1904)Songs of the Prison Plantation"Go Down Old Hannah""Midnight Special""Easy Rider"The Early Modern American PrisonJack London"'Pinched': A Prison Experience" and "The Pen: Long Days in a County Penitentiary" (1907)Donald Lowriefrom My Life in PrisonAgnes Smedley"Cell Mates"Kate Richards O'Harefrom Crime and CriminalsJim Tully"A California Holiday"Ernest Booth"Ladies in Durance Vile"Chester Himes"To What Red Hell?"Nelson Algren"El Presidente de Méjico" (1947)Robert Lowell"Memories of West Street and Lepke" (1959)The Movement and the PrisonMalcolm Xfrom The Autobiography of Malcolm XGeorge Jacksonfrom Soledad Brother (1970)Iceberg Slim (Robert Beck)from The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim (1971)Mshaka (Willie Monroe)"Formula for Attica Repeats" (1974)Piri Thomasfrom Seven Long Times (1974)Jack Henry Abbottfrom In the Belly of the Beast (1981)Assata Shakurfrom Assata (1987)The Literary RenaissanceMalcolm Braleyfrom On the Yard (1967)Etheridge Knight"The Warden Said to Me the Other Day" (1968)"Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane" (1968)For Freckle-Faced Gerald" (1968)Paul Mariah"Quarry/Rock: A Reality Poem in the Tradition of Genet" (1969)"Always We Watch Them" (1970)Shakedown and More" (1971)Norma Stafford"In Santa Cruz" (1972)"The Gone One" (1973)William Wantlingfrom "Sestina to San Quentin" (1973)"Poetry" (1973)"W
From the Publisher
"Harrowing in their frank detail and desperate tone, the selections in this anthology pack an emotional wallop...Should be required reading for anyone concerned about the violence in our society and the high rate of recidivism."Publishers Weekly. Includes work by: Jack London, Nelson Algren, Chester Himes,Jack Henry Abbott, Robert Lowell, Malcolm X, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Piri Thomas.
About the Author
Tom Wicker covered American politics at The New York Times from 1960 to the early 1990s, when he succeeded Arthur Krock as writer of the “In the Nation” column. He is the author of several books of nonfiction, including One of Us: Richard Nixon and the American Dream, and JFK and LBJ, as well as several novels.
From Our Editors
This unique collection dramatizes the history of the modern American prison with more than 60 selections--memoirs, stories, novels, poems--written in the last 100 years