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B O O K S
B E H I N D
B A R S
Famous authors and
their works penned while
in prison.
W R I T I N G   I N   P R I S O N
We’ve written in the past about poetry and writing helping inmates
cope with their thoug...
T H E   T R A V E L S   O F   M A R C O   P O L O
Written by Rustichello da Pisa and
dictated by Marco Polo during his
sta...
L E T T E R   F R O M   B I R M I N G H A M   J A I L
Written by the immensely influential
leader of the Civil Rights move...
D E   P R O F U N D I S
Imprisoned on counts of indecency
with another man, Wilde wrote a
long letter to his former lover ...
L E T T E R S   F R O M
" C O N V E R S A T I O N S   W I T H
M Y S E L F "
Mandela, a leader in the fight
against aparthe...
D O N   Q U I X O T E
One of the first great European
novels, Don Quixote became one of
the most influential and highly
st...
T H E   P R I N C E
One of the first works of modern
philosophy, The Prince discusses the
ideas and philosophies of politi...
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Correctional Medical Care: Great Works From Behind Bars

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Writing can be relaxing, it can be a way to put on display your emotions and feelings in a proactive manner. That's why writing is a common activity in prisons. Here are some of the most influential pieces written from prison.

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Correctional Medical Care: Great Works From Behind Bars

  1. 1. B O O K S B E H I N D B A R S Famous authors and their works penned while in prison.
  2. 2. W R I T I N G   I N   P R I S O N We’ve written in the past about poetry and writing helping inmates cope with their thoughts and feelings while behind bars.  Writing is a powerful influence in this way–it can be a mechanism that allows inmates to express their thoughts in a more productive way. Some of the literary world's greatest works were penned (or dictated) from behind bars. Here are a few.
  3. 3. T H E   T R A V E L S   O F   M A R C O   P O L O Written by Rustichello da Pisa and dictated by Marco Polo during his stay in a Genoa prison. Details his travels around the world, including China. ~1300 M A R C O P O L O Photo: Biography.com
  4. 4. L E T T E R   F R O M   B I R M I N G H A M   J A I L Written by the immensely influential leader of the Civil Rights movement during his prison stay for protesting.  In the letter, he urged others to continue their peaceful protests and civil disobedience.  1963 M A R T I N L U T H E R K I N G   J R . Photo: Biography.com
  5. 5. D E   P R O F U N D I S Imprisoned on counts of indecency with another man, Wilde wrote a long letter to his former lover Lord Alfred Douglas. It was published after his death in 1905.  1905 (written around 1899) O S C A R W I L D E Photo: Biography.com
  6. 6. L E T T E R S   F R O M " C O N V E R S A T I O N S   W I T H M Y S E L F " Mandela, a leader in the fight against apartheid in South Africa was convicted of conspiracy and sentenced to prison. While there, he wrote numerous letters, later reproduced in the book "Conversations with Myself." 1969 N E L S O N M A N D E L A Photo: Biography.com
  7. 7. D O N   Q U I X O T E One of the first great European novels, Don Quixote became one of the most influential and highly studied works of the 17th century.  Cervantes wrote the work while spending time in prison for debt.1605 M I G U E L   D E C E R V A N T E S Photo: Biography.com
  8. 8. T H E   P R I N C E One of the first works of modern philosophy, The Prince discusses the ideas and philosophies of politics, and power, and gives advice to those in positions of power.  1605 N I C C O L O   M A C H I A V E L L I Photo: Biography.com

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