Education of a Felon by Edward Bunker
A Memoir

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In Education of a Felon, the reigning champion of prison novelists finally tells his own story. The son of an alcoholic stagehand father and a Busby Berkeley chorus girl, Bunker was--at seventeen--the youngest inmate ever in San Quentin. His hard-won experiences on L.A.'s meanest streets and in and out of prison gave him the material to write some of the grittiest and most affecting novels of our time.


From smoking a joint in the gas chamber to leaving fingerprints on a knife connected to a serial kiler, from Hollywood's steamy undersde to swimming in the Neptune pool at San Simeon, Bunker delivers a memoir as colorful as any of his novels and as compelling as the life he's lead.



 

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"Bunker shoots straight--his direct and transparent prose captures the primacy of violence that defines life in the slammer...Bunker clearly articulates the code of prison life and the pathology of the career criminal in raw, muscular prose."--Kirkus Reviews"The best first-person crime novel I've ever read."--Quentin Tarantino on NO BEAST SO FIERCE
 
Published March 9, 2000 by St. Martin's Press. 324 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War. Non-fiction

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At other times he refers to the monster as "Frankenstein," observes that the "past is prelude" rather than "prologue," and does not seem to know the precise titles of two novels (The Call of the Wild and The Sea-Wolf) by fellow ex-con and autodidact Jack London.

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In this picaresque, harrowing, humorous yet deeply sad excursion through his dark-starred youth, Bunker (No Beast So Fierce, etc.)--arguably the most renowned convict writer in America--serves as both

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Bunker details experiences among pimps, prostitutes, gamblers, thieves and L.A.'s nascent gang and drug culture, plus flirtations with affluent society, in the person of a benefactor, Louise Wallis, a producer's wife for whom he worked as a chauffeur and who nurtured his literary dreams.

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