Legal Fictions: Short Stories About Lawyers and the Law

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Thirty contemporary short stories--from such prominent authors as Nadine Gordimer, Margaret Atwood, Louis Auchincloss, Isabel Allende, and others--celebrate the law-and-literature connection that continues to fascinate both writers and readers.

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Mining a rich lode of writing, Wishingrad applies a broad interpretation of the law to include naturally dramatic courtroom and law-firm stories along with those about lawyers in private life and others about legal battles conducted without the aid of attorneys. The works by contemporary authors treat subjects ranging from a lawyer's visit to his ex-wife (in Marian Thurm's intimate "Still Life") to a 1980s takeover casualty (in Louis Auchincloss's "The Tender Offer") to a dangerous liaison between an outlaw and his rival's family (in Isabel correct sp Allende's operatic, magical "The Judge's Wife"). Selections and stories by Franz Kafka, Herman Melville, Thomas Wolfe, John Mortimer and Graham Greene are included; Garrison Keillor and Ian Frazier are among the contributors to the section on humor. This well-chosen collection offers incontestable evidence of the enduring value of lawyers and the law in the world of fiction--if nowhere else.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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