Abbott, Jack Henry. In the Belly of the Beast [inscribed]
Abbott, Jack Henry. In the Belly of the Beast (inscribed)
New York: Random House, 1981. Hardback 8vo; third printing; author inscription to ffep. Condition: Near Fine; slight rubbing to head and tail of spine. Dust jacket condition: Very Good; a few small closed tears to extremities; slight rubbing to head of spine panel. $500
Beginning at age 12, Jack Henry Abbott experienced only nine and a half months of freedom from prison. Abbott’s articulate account of prison life in letters to Norman Mailer became the basis of In the Belly of the Beast. Mailer helped to get the book published, and also lobbied to secure Abbott’s release from prison in 1981. Six weeks after walking free, Abbott murdered a man and was returned to prison, where he committed suicide in 2002.
Inscription by Jack Henry Abbott to ffep: “Bill O—without whom my crimes would never have been recognized for what they are all love J. H. A. –”
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