RR 2017 THE ENCHANTED: Related Materials

Related materials

Also by Rene Denfeld

The New Victorians: A Young Woman’s Challenge to the Old Feminist Order (1995)

Kill The Body, The Head Will Fall: A Closer Look at Women, Violence, and Aggression (1997)

All God’s Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families (2007)

Books Important to the Narrator of The Enchanted

Crazy Weather by Charles McNichols (1944)

The White Dawn: An Eskimo Saga by James Houston (1971)

Fiction on the Death Penalty

A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest Gaines (1993) (the first “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book…” selection)

The Crying Tree by Naseem Rahka (2009)

Native Son by Richard Wright (1940)

The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark (1940)

Prison Narratives/Memoirs

The Autobiography of an Execution by David R. Dow (2010)

Birdman of Alcatraz: The Story of Robert Stroud by Thomas E. Gaddis (1962)

The Crows of Copper John: a History of Auburn Prison in Poems by Patricia Roth Schwartz (2012)

De Profundis by Oscar Wilde (1897)

Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean (1993)

Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)

Live from Death Row by Mumia Abu-Jamal (1995)

A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca (2001)

Prison Baby by Deborah Jiang-Stein (2014)

Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance by Leonard Peltier (1999)

Soledad Brother by George Jackson (1970)

Anthologies of Prison Writing

Candles Burn in Memory Town: Poems from Both Sides of the Wall by Janine Pommy Vega, ed. (1988)

Conscience Be My Guide: An Anthology of Prison Writings by Geoffrey Bould, ed. (2005)

Couldn’t Keep It to Myself: Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution by Wally Lamb, ed. (2004)

Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing by Bell Gale Chevigny, ed. (1999)

doing time to cleanse my mind: an anthology from the inmates’ poetry workshop of Auburn Correctional Facility, Auburn, New York, 2001-2009, edited by Patricia Roth Schwartz and John Roche, foreword by Janine Pommy Vega (2009)

Each in His Prison: An Anthology by Elizabeth Basset, ed. (1978)

The Experience of Prison: An Anthology of Prose, Drama, Verse, and Picture by David Ball, ed. (1977)

Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America by Doran Larson, ed. (2014)

I’ll Fly Away: Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison by Wally Lamb, ed. (2008)

In Prison: Writings and Poems About the Prison Experience by James E. Trupin, ed. (1975)

Prison Writing in 20th-century America by H. Bruce Franklin, ed. (1998)

Reading Is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women’s Prisons by Megan Sweeney (2010)

True Notebooks: A Writer’s Year at Juvenile Hall by Mark Salzman (2004)

Wall Tappings: An Anthology of Writings by Women Prisoners by Judith A. Scheffler, ed. (1986)


ACLU Report: “A Death Before Dying: Solitary Confinement on Death Row” (2013)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (2010)

Prison Profiteers: Who Makes Money from Mass Incarceration by Tara Herivel, ed. (2009)

Writing for Therapeutic Benefit in a prison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvb2QV0xMUs

Films Related to the Death Penalty/Imprisonment

12 Angry Men (1957)

13th (documentary, 2016)

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Capote (2005)

The Corridor: Documenting Education in Jail (documentary, forthcoming)

Dead Man Walking (1995)

The Executioner’s Song (1982)

The Fear of 13 (documentary, 2015)

The Green Mile (1999)

A Lesson Before Dying (1999)

Let Him Have It (1991)

The Life of David Gale (2003)

Monster’s Ball (2001)

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Paths of Glory (1957)

Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005)

A Place to Stand (2014)

Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Thin Blue Line (1988, documentary)

True Crime (1999)

What I Want My Words to Do to You: Voices From Inside a Women’s Maximum Security Prison (documentary, 2003)

The White Dawn (1974)


Death Row Stories (CNN)

Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Oz (HBO)

Prison Break (Fox)

Wentworth Prison (SoHo, Australia)

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