Elizabeth Imlay

American Policy Which is Cruel and Vile

Out of the Night: Writings From Death Row


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On the cover of Out of the Night is a weeping face. Or is it a wax death mask? At its edges pink drops fall towards a shadowy pillow, above which they float as if in some exquisitely painful dream. It seems the perfect metaphor for the death-in-life state of the condemned prisoner, which in thirty-eight of the fifty-three jurisdictions of America can be prolonged for an indefinite number of years. 

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