One of the first exposés of arguably America's most notorious prison from the pen of one of its most prominent political prisoners.
Very good plus.
"Alcatraz Island is a 12 acre rock at the mouth of the Golden Gate, capped with a white 'house of silence.' The fascination of the horrible clings about the misty Gibraltar."
Grooser was an anarchist sentenced to the Federal Penitentiary for his refusal to participate in the First World War. He was housed at a series of prisons (including Governor's Island and Leavenworth) before finally being transferred to what would ultimately become known simply as Alcatraz. This harrowing account of his time there (which included being tortured for more than eight hours a day in a cage little bigger than an iron maiden and only big enough to stand up in) was an early and important account of life on that infamous island. Held for more that two years after the war's end (he was the last CO released), the experience broke him, leaving him physically and mentally ill, and Grosser killed himself by stepping in front of a train in 1933. This pamphlet, "[p]ublished by a group of friends" (according to printed notice inside the front cover), was likely printed in the wake of that suicide. This was also apparently noted suffragist and activist Alice Locke Park's copy, gifted by her to the Library of Congress in 1938. Though DEVIL'S ISLAND is reasonably well represented in OCLC, it is scarce in the marketplace — especially in such nice condition and with such interesting provenance. An important primary account of prison reform and nonviolent resistance.
(Boston): (Excelsior Press), n.d. [ca. 1933]. Full title: Uncle Sam's Devil's Island: Experiences of a Conscientious Objector in America During the World War. 7.5'' x 5.5''. Original printed stapled wraps. , 26,  pages. Library of Congress surplus stamp to inside front cover; discrete "LC" perforation to title page. "Gift / Mrs. Alice Park / Sept. 30, 1938" neatly penciled in an unknown hand to verso of title page. Small chip to wrapper at top of spine and edge of front panel. Else sharp, bright, and clean.
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