Literature: The Green Mile
"This happened in 1932, when the state penitentiary was still at Cold Mountain. And the electric chair was there too, of course."
— Paul Edgecombe
1996 dramatic novel by Stephen King
. Originally released as a Serial Novel
in six installments.
The year was 1932. John Coffey, a Gentle Giant
black man, has been condemned to die by the electric chair for the raping and killing of two young girls. What follows is a supernatural journey that not only reveals Coffey's wondrous powers, but proves he didn't do the crime. Sadly he still does the time
, but the journey toward Old Sparky changes the compassionate lead guard's life forever.
Eventually made into a movie
in 1999, directed by Frank Darabont, who also directed The Shawshank Redemption
, and starring Tom Hanks
. And like Shawshank, it was an Oscar charmer, if not a winner.
The book provides examples of: