Bell Gale Chevigny Writing Styles in Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing-a PEN American Center Prize Anthology

Bell Gale Chevigny
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Perspective

The prisoners' writings provided an intriguing and largely unknown perspective of how one is treated as an inmate, dealing with consequences of their actions, and understanding their role apart from society. While perhaps a third of the manuscripts received treat experiences outside prison (represented here in Family and The World), this anthology reflects the findings of contest jurors: that some of the most powerful work reveals what no other writers can offer - the unknown life of this nation hidden in our midst.

Most of the short stories were written in the first person narrative, by these authors: Orlando, Hassine, Hamill Metzger, Bratt, Grindlay, Antworth, Roseboom, Kelsey, Baca, St. John, Saucier, Xenos, Johnson, Mulryan, Norman, Hunter, Rosenberg, Norton, and Ross. The remaining short story authors wrote in third person perspective: Stratton, Taylor, Sissler, Ruzas, Wood, Moriarty, Amberchele, and Rutan. There were many poems in the anthology throughout each...

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