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The Executioner’s Song. by  Norman Mailer - Signed First Edition - 1979 - from Raptis Rare Books and Biblio.co.uk

The Executioner’s Song.

by Mailer, Norman

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Boston: Little Brown, 1979. First edition. Thick octavo, original cloth. Signed by Norman Mailer on the title page. Some spotting to the page edges, very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. The Executioner's Song is a work of unprecedented force. It is the true story of Gary Gilmore, who in 1977 became the first person executed in the United States since the reinstitution of the death penalty. Gilmore, a violent yet articulate man who chose not to fight his death-penalty sentence, touched off a national debate about capital punishment. He allowed Norman Mailer and researcher Lawrence Schiller complete access to his story. Mailer took the material and produced an immense book with a dry, unwavering voice and meticulous attention to detail on Gilmore's life--particularly his relationship with Nicole Baker, whom Gilmore claims to have killed. What unfolds is a powerful drama, a distorted love affair, and a chilling look into the mind of a murderer in his countdown with a firing squad.

Norman Mailer was born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 1955, he was one of the co-founders of The Village Voice . He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead ; The Armies of the Night , for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner's Song , for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot's Ghost ; Oswald's Tale ; The Gospel According to the Son , The Castle and the Forest and On God . He died in 2007.


  • Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 843
  • Title: The Executioner’s Song.
  • Author: Mailer, Norman
  • Book condition: Used
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Little Brown
  • Place: Boston
  • Date published: 1979
  • Keywords: Norman Mailer Signed First Editon, The Executioner's Song First Edition


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