LAWES, Lewis E.
Life and death in Sing Sing.
With a foreword by Adolph Lewisohn.
First edition. Lawes was a prison warden and an outspoken advocate of prison reform. He began his career as a warden at Dannemora in 1905, subsequently working at first Auburn Prison and Elmira Reformatory, becoming Superintendent of the City Reformatory on Hart Island in New York City in 1915 and in 1918 taking over as warden of the Massachusetts State Prison. When he accepted Governor Al Smith’s invitation to become Warden of Sing Sing in 1920, it was expected that his tenure would be as short as his predecessors, however he remained there for 21 years until his retirement in 1941. F. Tennyson Jesse was one of the editors who worked on the Notable British Trials series, and is considered one of the finest crime writers of the first half of the twentieth century.
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Octavo, original black cloth lettered in red. Frontispiece and 7 other plates. Bookplate of crime writer F. Tennyson Jesse to the front pastedown, later self-adhesive address ticket of crime historian Jonathan Goodman to the front free endpaper. A little rubbed, spine slightly sunned, light marginal browning, else very good.