Malcolm Braly

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Malcolm Braly
Born July 25, 1925
Portland, Oregon
Died April 7, 1980
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1960-1979
Subject prison, incarceration
Notable works On the Yard (1967)

Malcolm Braly (July 25, 1925 – April 7, 1980[1]) was an American author born in Portland, Oregon. He spent much of his life in and out of various prisons, including Folsom Prison and San Quentin, before earning recognition as an author after his final release from prison in 1965.[2]

His most acclaimed novel, On the Yard, was first published in 1967,[3] and adapted to film in 1979.[4] His other books include Felony Tank (1961); Shake Him Till He Rattles (1963); It's Cold Out There (1966), his memoir, False Starts: A Memoir of San Quentin and Other Prisons (1976); and his final novel, The Protector (1979).

Braly died of injuries sustained from a traffic accident in Baltimore, Maryland, at 54.[2]


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