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I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! (Hardback)
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I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 30/04/2017
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This classic book tells the harrowing and inspirational story of Robert Elliott Burns' imprisonment on a chain gang in Georgia in the 1920s, his subsequent escape from the chain gang (twice, no less!), and the public furor that developed across the nation. The book was immediately turned into a famous movie, sparking outrage about prison conditions and involuntary servitude that led to major reforms. This memoir is also simply a very interesting read.

Originally issued in 1931 as a six-part serial in the pages of True Detective Mysteries magazine, and printed by the Vanguard Press the following year, this is an autobiographical account - written while in hiding, probably somewhere on the East Coast - of the author's painful adventures in the Georgia penal system, beginning with his arrest for stealing $5.80 from an Atlanta grocer in 1922. Burns' candid intent was to expose the brutality and corruption of the chain gang system, and he succeeded: the book created an instant furor upon publication and became a bestseller for its publisher. It served as the basis for the Mervyn LeRoy film released later in 1932, starring Paul Muni in the role of Robert Elliott Burns. The film heralded a new genre - the prison drama -and won three Oscars including a Best Actor Award for Muni. It is an enduring classic of its time and remains a compelling and timeless memoir.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820352794
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

It would be hard to find a more thrilling story in either truth or fiction.

--New York Times

The reader will be as much thrilled by the story of the escapes as he will be shocked by the descriptions of chain gang life.

--Times Literary Supplement

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