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From the Publisher"This exploration of execution literature offers not only close analysis of literary works—from bestselling books to little-known poems—inspired by publicly sanctioned deaths, but also vivid retellings of some less than judicious episodes in America’s past….Boudreau’s…consideration of literature of the public conscience—whether watershed or nearly anonymous—is thought-provoking and timely."
- Publishers Weekly
"The Spectacle of Death ... is a very readable and fascinating trip through American history. It ... makes an important contribution to our knowledge of America's vexed relationship to the ultimate punishment."
- Austin Sarat
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, Amherst College