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In the Clutches of the Law: Clarence Darrow's Letters

Edited by: Randall Tietjen

ISBN13: 9780520265585
Published: July 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £69.95



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In the history of American law, no courtroom lawyer has achieved more renown than Clarence Darrow (1857-1938). He is remembered for many famous cases, including the Scopes trial, where he defended a school teacher charged with the crime of teaching evolution, and the Leopold and Loeb case, where he argued against the death penalty for two young men who had brutally murdered a young boy.

He practiced law for over fifty years. Many of his clients were desperate, poor, and unable to pay for his services. Many were political radi¬cals. He gave stirring addresses to juries and delivered countless speeches outside the courtroom, arguing a peculiar mix of skepticism, pessimism, and reform, speaking on subjects as diverse as literature, philosophy, politics, and civil liberties. His personal life was filled with drama, including two trials in which he stood trial himself for jury bribery.

This volume presents 502 letters by Darrow, selected by Randall Tietjen from over 2,200 let¬ters in archives around the country, as well as from one remarkable find-every historian's dream: a cache of about 330 letters by Darrow hidden away in the basement of Darrow's granddaughter's house.

This collection pro-vides the first scholarly edition of Darrow's letters, expertly annotated and including a large amount of previously unknown material and hard-to-locate letters, revealing the personality, interests, ambition, activities, and philosophy of the most famous lawyer in American history.

Darrow was a gifted writer who led a fascinating life, and his letters are a delight to read. This volume also presents a major introduction by Tietjen, along with a chronology of Darrow's life and brief biographical sketches of the im¬portant individuals who appear in the letters.

Subjects:
Biography
Contents:
List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Chronology of Darrow's Life
Letters Before 1890
1890-1894
1895-1899
1900-1904
1905-1909
1910-1914
1915-1919
1920-1924
1925-1929
1930-1934
After 1934
Biographical
Register
Index.