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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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Re-Imagining the Practice of Law: Popular Twentieth-Century Fiction by American Lawyer/Authors

Re-Imagining the Practice of Law: Popular Twentieth-Century Fiction by American Lawyer/Authors

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(p.243) Re-Imagining the Practice of Law: Popular Twentieth-Century Fiction by American Lawyer/Authors
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Law and Popular Culture
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David Ray Papke

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.003.0015

This chapter examines the lives and works of five 20th-century American lawyers/authors. These lawyers/authors are Melville Davisson Post, Arthur Train, Erle Stanley Gardner, Scott Turrow, and John Grisham. Though these authors abandoned the practice of law, the practice of law did not depart from their creative works which were replete with portrayals of lawyers and narratives of legal cases. This chapter analyses how these lawyers/authors re-imagined the practice of law in their fiction and the manner in which fiction by and about lawyers might appeal to American readers.

Keywords:   lawyers/authors, practice of law, fiction, Melville Davisson Post, Arthur Train, Erle Stanley Gardner, Scott Turrow, John Grisham

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