L-R: Paul Verlaine (renowned French poet), sentenced to two years for attempted murder after shooting fellow French poet Arthur Rimbaud in the wrist; Oscar Wilde (celebrated Irish poet, playwright and wit), sentenced to two years for gross indecency; Fyodor Dostoevsky (esteemed Russian essayist, short story writer, novelist, philosopher and journalist); sentenced to death for anti-government activities (sentence commuted to four years hard labour after a mock execution); Chester Himes (distinguished African-American novelist, short story writer and pioneer of noir fiction), sentenced to 25 years for armed robbery.
“Get me out of here!” – Paul Verlaine
“Get me out of here!” – Oscar Wilde
“Get me out of here!” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
“Get me out of here!" – Chester Himes
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