The Seven That Were Hanged (Leonid Andreyev, 1908)

Five anarchists blow up a government official. The three men and two women are all tried and sentenced to death. Along with the conspirators are two common criminals guilty of murder to be hanged the same day. A very brief book, we spend a chapter on each in their holding cell, seeing how very differently they approach and compartmentalize the knowledge that they’re going to die, and how they do or don’t make peace with it.

Inscription: on the front endpaper, “Carleton McMillen Crick, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 18, 1941”.

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