I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! (Hardback)Robert E. Burns (author)
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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
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
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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