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The Law in Fiction: Miscellany

April 17, 2013

By Joe Parsio, Head of Access Services

As the fifth and final installation of the Biddle Blog’s Law in Fiction series, here is a selection of other titles that are worth checking out! Also, take a look at the previous posts on fictional television, the Brontes, Charles Dickens, and Shakespeare.

In Literature


Check out: The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe, a 1987 novel about a bond trader, a journalist, a black activist and an assistant district attorney; or Billy Budd And Other Tales by Herman Melville, with an afterword by Willard Thorp; or Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird (and the related motivational work, In Search Of Atticus Finch : A Motivational Book For Lawyers by Mike Papantoniocurrently the President of the National Trial Lawyers Association).

A fan of Harry Potter? In The Law and Harry Potter, by Jeffrey E. Thomas, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, and Franklin G. Snyder, Professor of Law at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, gathered chapters by legal academics analyzing the way law and legal institutions are portrayed in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.

Want even more to read? There is also the journal Law and Literature, published by the University of California Press for the Cardozo School of Law.


In Films


Watch the great film classic Anatomy of a Murder, directed and produced by Otto Preminger with a screenplay by Wendell Mayes. Another great law film is Witness for the Prosecution, directed by Billy Wilder, who co-wrote the screenplay with Harry Kurnitz.


We hope you’ve enjoyed this series!