Law Lit (Paperback)
From Atticus Finch to the Practice: A Collection of Great Writing about the Law
New Press, 9781595584120, 296pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2009
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In Law Lit
, acclaimed novelist and law professor Thane Rosenbaum delves into our cultural obsession with the law, exploring how the legal system has historically captivated the imagination of artists and the attention of readers--from Oedipus Rex to today's courtroom thrillers.
This handsome volume, which TV anchor Jack Ford called "marvelously entertaining and enlightening," collects the iconic and the unexpected, each piece reminding us of the passion for justice, the struggle to do right, and the belief in the power of language that lie at the heart of the law. Were you inspired by Atticus Finch's closing remarks in To Kill a Mockingbird
? Read them here, along with Portia's poetic maneuverings in The Merchant of Venice
, the famously heated cross-examination from A Few Good Men
, and Bob Dylan's controversial protest song "Hurricane."
With dozens of selections, including fiction, essays, and even film scripts, Law Lit
is a dazzling collection that transcends place and time, from ancient Greece and foggy London to the narrow streets of Prague and the spectacle of an Alabama courthouse, offering an enlightening look at how lives can be laid bare before the bench.
About the Author
Thane Rosenbaum is an essayist, a Fordham University law professor, and an award-winning novelist. His writing appears frequently in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. His book The Myth of Moral Justice was selected as one of the San Francisco Chronicle's Best Books of 2004. Rosenbaum directs the Forum on Law, Culture, & Society at Fordham Law School and lives in New York City.