On the Yard
On the Yard by Malcolm Braly
Book DescriptionA major American novel, and arguably the finest work of literature ever to emerge from a US prison, On the Yard is a book of penetrating psychological realism in which Malcolm Braly paints an unforgettable picture of the complex and frightening world of the penitentiary. At its center are the violently intertwined stories of Chilly Willy, in trouble with the law from his earliest years and now the head of the prison's flourishing black market in drugs and sex, and of Paul, wracked with guilt for the murder of his wife and desperate for some kind of redemption. At once brutal and tender, clear-eyed and rueful, On the Yard presents the penitentiary not as an exotic location, an exception to everyday reality, but as an ordinary place, one every reader will recognize, American to the core.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780940322967
(203mm x 127mm x 128mm)
Imprint: NYRB Classics
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Malcolm Braly
Shake Him Till He Rattles / It's Cold Out There, Paperback / softback (May 2016)
Two short crime novels written while the author was in and out of prison in the 1960s.
False Starts, Paperback / softback (April 2016)
After getting arrested for petty burglary as a teenager, Braly couldn't get a break and spent much of his life behind bars. This is his searing autobiography, from the author of Shake Him Till He Rattles and On the Yard.
Felony Tank, Paperback / softback (April 2016)» View all books by Malcolm Braly
Felony Tank, first published in 1961 by Gold Medal Books, tells the story of a young man who is caught in a failed burglary. In his attempt to appear older, he lies about his age and is incarcerated with the adults. It is a sobering story about growing up fast, and mirrors many of the author's own experiences.
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Author Biography - Malcolm Braly
Malcolm Braly (1925-1980) was born in Portland, Oregon. Abandoned by his parents, Braly lived between foster homes and institutions for delinquent children, and by the time he was forty had spent nearly seventeen years in prison for burglary, serving time at Nevada State Prison, San Quentin, and Folsom State Prison. He wrote three novels behind bars, Felony Tank (1961), Shake Him Till He Rattles (1963), and It's Cold Out There (1966), and upon his release in 1965 began to work on On the Yard. When prison authorities learned of the book they threatened to revoke his parole, and he was forced to complete it in secret. Published in 1967, after Braly's parole had expired, On the Yard received wide acclaim. It was followed by his autobiography, False Starts: A Memoir of San Quentin and Other Prisons (1976), and a final work of fiction, The Protector (1979). Malcolm Braly enjoyed fifteen years of freedom before his death in a car accident at age fifty-four. JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of eight novels, including Girl in Landscape and Chronic City, and five collections of stories and essays, including The Ecstasy of Influence (2011). He has previously written the introductions for the NYRB Classics editions of A Meaningful Life by L.J. Davis and On the Yard by Malcolm Braly. He teaches at Pomona College and lives in Los Angeles and Maine.
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