'A very deadly squib - likely to upset the equanimity of upholders of capital punishment far more than any ponderous tome of high explosiveA" argument or invective.' Observer A Handbook on Hanging is a satiric tribute to that unappreciated mainstay of civilisation: the hangman. With barbed wit, Charles Duff not only writes of hanging, but also of electrocution, decapitation and gassing; of innocent men executed and of executions botched; of bloodlust mobs and the political expedients of the great. A classic satire, admired by Bertholt Brecht and Dylan Thomas, Duff's polemic makes it clear that whatever else capital punishment may be said to be - justice, vengeance, a deterrent - it is certainly killing.
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CHARLES DUFF (1894–1966), who also went by his Gaelic name Cathal Ó Dubh, was born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, in what is now Northern Ireland. He served in the British Merchant Navy, fought in World War I, and subsequently entered the British Foreign Service. Duff was a gifted linguist, fluent in seven languages, and in his later years he worked as a freelance writer and translator. His own writing included plays, travel essays, and an introduction to James Joyce; among his many translations were works by Quevedo, Zola, B. Traven, Gorky, and Arnold Zweig.About the Author:
Charles Duff (1894-1966) served as an officer in the British Merchant Navy during World War I and then in the intelligence division of the Foreign Office and Diplomatic Service. After retiring, he taught linguistics and languages in London and Singapore while writing travel guides, histories, satires, and a series of text books. Christopher Hitchens is a columnist for Vanity Fair and a visiting professor of Liberal Studies at the New School.
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