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  • [Black Panthers] Cleaver, Eldridge. (Scheer, Robert, editor)
    ELDRIDGE CLEAVER: Post Prison Writings and Speeches.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, 1969. dj. Hardcover first edition - Edited and with an introduction by Robert Scheer. Includes the Playboy Interview, an open letter to Ronald Reagan, a letter describing Cleaver's first encounter with the Black Panthers, essays on Stokeley Carmichael, the death of Martin Luther King and more. 211 pp

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in a near fine dj.

    Book ID: 26638
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  • PRISONER FOR POLYGAMY: The Memoirs and Letters of Rudger Clawson at the Utah Territorial Penitentiary, 1884-87. by [Clawson, Rudger, 1857-1943] Larson, Stan, editor.
    [Clawson, Rudger, 1857-1943] Larson, Stan, editor.
    PRISONER FOR POLYGAMY: The Memoirs and Letters of Rudger Clawson at the Utah Territorial Penitentiary, 1884-87.

    Edition: First printing.

    Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, (1993) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of the prison memoirs and letters of Rudger Clawson, the first Mormon convicted of violating the Edmunds Law of 1882. "His memoirs of three years as a "cohab" in the Utah Territorial Penitentiary are published here for the first time. They reflect the pride Mormon polygamists felt at being "prisoners for conscience sake," and they include discussions of Mormon doctrines, accounts of daring prison escapes, details of prison life, and the sense of a husband's frustration at being separated from his plural wife. Clawson's memoirs highlight his ability as a storyteller and, in passages dealing with his feelings about African-American prison inmates, confirm his racist…

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    Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, (1993) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of the prison memoirs and letters of Rudger Clawson, the first Mormon convicted of violating the Edmunds Law of 1882. "His memoirs of three years as a "cohab" in the Utah Territorial Penitentiary are published here for the first time. They reflect the pride Mormon polygamists felt at being "prisoners for conscience sake," and they include discussions of Mormon doctrines, accounts of daring prison escapes, details of prison life, and the sense of a husband's frustration at being separated from his plural wife. Clawson's memoirs highlight his ability as a storyteller and, in passages dealing with his feelings about African-American prison inmates, confirm his racist attitudes." Also included is a selection of his letters to his plural wife, Lydia; appendixes containing Clawson's 1884 prison journal, lists of Mormon polygamists imprisoned in the Utah Penitentiary and of Clawson's families; and a bibliography of various diaries, journals, and autobiographies of Mormon polygamists held in the Utah prison. Index. 256 pp. Review copy with publisher's slip laid in. ISBN: 0-252018613.

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    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (some sunning to back cover of dj)

    Book ID: 75897
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  • MIRACLE OF THE ROSE. by Genet, Jean.
    Genet, Jean.
    MIRACLE OF THE ROSE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (1966) dj. Hardcover first edition - Genet's second novel, and like the first, written while he was in prison in 1943 and set in the state prison of Fontevrault during the height of the German occupation. Translated from the French by Bernard Frechtman. 344 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (some nicks to dj at the top of the spine)

    Book ID: 62517
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  • THE GETBACKS OF MOTHER SUPERIOR. by Lehman, Dennis.
    Lehman, Dennis.
    THE GETBACKS OF MOTHER SUPERIOR.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1987) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first and apparently only novel by this author - A "wildly funny and inventive prison caper, Lehman has taken to heart the old adage 'write of what you know' -according to the publisher, he's 'an inmate at a federal penitentiary"' doing time for 'aiding and abetting a bank robbery.' And thus bank robbery it is that earns Lehman's super-con hero the prison handle of 'Mother Superior' (for impersonating a nun during that heist), and lands him in the McNeil Island (near Seattle) jail cell where he meets the novel's narrator, a con named 'Flat Store.' To Flat Store and his cellmates, Mother is a 'double-tough mother fucker,'the baddest…

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    New York: Harper Collins, (1987) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first and apparently only novel by this author - A "wildly funny and inventive prison caper, Lehman has taken to heart the old adage 'write of what you know' -according to the publisher, he's 'an inmate at a federal penitentiary"' doing time for 'aiding and abetting a bank robbery.' And thus bank robbery it is that earns Lehman's super-con hero the prison handle of 'Mother Superior' (for impersonating a nun during that heist), and lands him in the McNeil Island (near Seattle) jail cell where he meets the novel's narrator, a con named 'Flat Store.' To Flat Store and his cellmates, Mother is a 'double-tough mother fucker,'the baddest dude around, a con of instantly mythic qualities as he decks the joint's previously baddest dude and then uses CPR to save that con's life when he suffers a heart attack." (Kirkus Reviews) 410 pp. ISBN: 0-877958882.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 78545
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  • INSIDE TIME. by Smith, Ken.
    Smith, Ken.
    INSIDE TIME.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Harrap, (1989) dj. Hardcover first edition - "A ground-breaking book about what life is really like behind bars. In 1985, the poet Ken Smith was invited to spend 2 years as Writer-in-Residence at Wormwood Scrubs prison. His brief was to encourage prisoners to express their condition and their feelings in words. Smith developed a close relationship with several of the prisoners, one of whom 'Dave Wait', emerged as a very talented writer. One section of the book - 'Living in My Head' - is by him. For the most part, the book describes, in a painfully honest and unsentimental way, the life of prisoners from those on remand to those serving life sentences." Glossary. 237 pp Illustrated endpapers. ISBN: 0-245547207.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (bump to upper edge of front board, tear to dj at fold of front flap, otherwise a tight and straight copy).

    Book ID: 65075
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  • Tannenbaum, Judith.
    DISGUISED AS A POEM: My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Boston: Northeastern University Press, (2000.). SIGNED first edition - Tannenbaum spent four years teaching poetry to maximum security prison inmates at San Quentin, just north of San Francisco. In this book she details the challenges, rewards and paradoxes of this work - of first giving those who have been silenced the feeling that their voice is worth hearing. A very personal book - one in which she recounts what she has learned herself and about herself during those years - but also one in which the inmates emerge, not as beasts or heroes, but as human beings with expressive voices, thoughts and feelings. Notes. 217 pp. Cover praise from Hettie Jones, Luis Rodriguez and others. SIGNED on the title page. ISBN: 1-55553-452x.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy)

    Book ID: 31007
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  • DISGUISED AS A POEM: My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin. by Tannenbaum, Judith.
    Tannenbaum, Judith.
    DISGUISED AS A POEM: My Years Teaching Poetry at San Quentin.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Boston: Northeastern University Press, (2000.). SIGNED first edition - Tannenbaum spent four years teaching poetry to maximum security prison inmates at San Quentin, just north of San Francisco. In this book she details the challenges, rewards and paradoxes of this work - of first giving those who have been silenced the feeling that their voice is worth hearing. A very personal book - one in which she recounts what she has learned herself and about herself during those years - but also one in which the inmates emerge, not as beasts or heroes, but as human beings with expressive voices, thoughts and feelings. INSCRIBED on the title page. Notes. 217 pp.Cover praise from Hettie Jones, Luis Rodriguez and others. ISBN: 1-55553-452x.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy)

    Book ID: 61065
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  • IRON HOUSE: Stories from the Yard. by Washington, Jerome.
    Washington, Jerome.
    IRON HOUSE: Stories from the Yard.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Vintage Books, (1995). SIGNED - Winner of the 1994 Western States Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. "His manuscripts were destroyed, his typewriter seized, his life threatened, but Jerome Washington wouldn't stop writing." Vietnam veteran (a medic from 1960-62), anti-war activist and writer, Washington was imprisoned in Attica and Green Haven for over 16 years - from 1972 to 1989. SIGNED on the first page. Index of named places. 166 pp. ISBN: 0-679-764054.

    Condition: Fine in printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 74900
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  • Washington, Jerome.
    IRON HOUSE: Stories from the Yard.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    Ft. Bragg, CA: QED Press, 1994. First edition - Winner of the 1994 Western States Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. "His manuscripts were destroyed, his typewriter seized, his life threatened, but Jerome Washington wouldn't stop writing." Vietnam veteran (a medic from 1960-62), anti-war activist and writer, Washington was imprisoned in Attica and Green Haven for over 16 years - from 1972 to 1989. 159 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed wrappers. Publisher's material laid in. An uncommon advance issue.

    Book ID: 41801
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