Texas A&M University Institute of Advanced Studies

Jerome Loving

Jerome Loving

University Distinguished Professor
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts
Texas A&M University



A State-Raised Convict and the Legacy of Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song

A famous mistake was made in law and literature, juxtaposing a serial criminal, Jack Henry Abbott, and one of our most renowned writers, Norman Mailer, in a tragic dance of affirmation and denial. Why did Abbott, a self-made writer of extraordinary power, throw away fame and fortune by killing again so soon after his release?