The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
The Executioner's Song is a 1980 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Norman Mailer that depicts the events surrounding the execution of Gary Gilmore by the state of Utah for murder. The title of the book may be a play on "The Lord High Executioner's Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. Based almost entirely on interviews with the family and friends of both Gilmore and his victims, the book is exhaustive in its approach. Divided into two sections, the book focuses on the events leading up to the murders and the trial and execution of Gilmore, including full documentation of Gilmore's court appearances and his decision to demand his execution rather than to continue the appeals process.
The 1214th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 81st on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
- - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)