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“Abbott Convicted of Manslaughter in Stabbing of East Village Waiter.” Article by Paul L. Montgomery. New York Times, 22 January, Sec. A, p. 1, Sec. B, p. 5. Mailer says, “It’s a fair verdict” in this report on Jack Henry Abbott’s conviction for first-degree manslaughter. See 80.9 and Abbott affair entries. See also Abbott’s response to his conviction, a book (with Naomi West) titled My Return (Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus, 1987), which consists of a play about the killing of Richard Adan, several appendices of self-justification and letters to Mailer, Lionel Abel, Robert B. Silvers, William Styron, Jerzy Kosinski and others.