Autograph Letter, Signed, Albany, February 20, 1931.
"I Am Very Proud of Your Review of My Little Book" [Manuscript]. Cardozo, Benjamin N. [1870-1938]. [Shientag, Bernard L. (1887-1952)]. [Autograph Letter, Signed, To Bernard L. Shientag, February 20, 1931]. Single sheet folded to form a pair of 8" x 6" leaves, content to both sides of first leaf and recto of second. Light soiling and edgewear, horizontal fold line. $950. * Shientag was a distinguished New York Supreme Court Justice and legal author. The letter reads, in part: "I am very proud of your review of my little book [Law and Literature and Other Essays (1931)]. You gave me the idea of fathering the addresses into a volume, so that some of the responsibility for preserving them may perhaps be chargeable to you. It is pleasant to be assured that you have felt no cause for repentance. Your appreciation of my work is a joy and an encouragement." Far from a "little book," Cardozo's Law and Literature is widely considered one of the most important American books on the law written in the twentieth century. Cardozo was a justice of the New York Supreme Court from 1914 to 1917, an associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1917 to 1926, chief judge of that court from 1926 to 1932 and an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1932 until his death. He believed that the courts should not just interpret the law, but also adapt it to address changing social conditions.
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