Autobiography by a former criminal turned author?!
April 2, 2009 5:24 PM Subscribe
NameThatBookFilter: Autobiography by a former criminal/hard timer that later became an author?
posted by mrhaydel to Media & Arts (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm getting sucked in to going through and adding books on Goodreads.com, and I'm having the darndest time remembering a particular book.
It was an autobiography written by a former criminal, who did hard time in a well known prison (not Alcatraz, but maybe Folsom, San Quentin, or Attica?), probably in the 50s or 60s.
The cover of the book, I'm fairly certain, was simply a face shot of said author, not his mugshot, but what seemed like a recent photo at the time (he looked to be in his 60s maybe). He was white, fairly short hair, possibly with a mustache.
In it, he basically traces his life from childhood and being in correctional facilities all the way up to him doing time in prison. While in prison though, I'm almost positive he authored at least one or two works of fiction, that might have even been somewhat popular.
I read this book somewhere back between around 2003-2004.
Anyone have any suggestions?