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Eddie Bunker

About Eddie Bunker

Edward Bunker was born in 1933 and died in 2005 in Hollywood, California. He was the son of a stagehand and a Busby Berkeley chorus girl, whose early divorce propelled him into a series of boarding homes, military and reform schools. At age 17, he became the youngest inmate ever to enter San Quentin. It was in prison that he taught himself to write. He is the author of No Beast So Fierce (made into the Dustin Hoffman movie, Straight Time), Animal Factory (made into a movie starring William Dafoe and directed by Steve Buscemi), Little Boy Blue, Dog Eat Dog, and Education of a Felon. His books have been published in France, England, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Brazil, Australia and Japan. He wrote and co- authored screenplays for the film adaptations of his books and played character roles in over a hundred movies—most recently in the Adam Sandler movie The Longest Yard. His essays have appeared in The Nation, Harper’s, The Norton Reader, and others. He is one of a very few writers who have been able to create true literature out of their experiences as criminals or prisoners. Bunker left prison for good in 1975 , having spent nearly all of his adult years up to that point behind bars.

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