First Edition of Irving Stone's Clarence Darrow For The Defense; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
Clarence Darrow For The Defense.
Item Number: 81033
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc, 1941.
First edition of this classic work on Darrow. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Darrow. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To J.B. Perlman- one of Chicago’s best attorney’s and because the Leavitt’s tell me he is one of the world’s finest fellows. Cordially Irving Stone.” Fine in a very good dust jacket.
Clarence Darrow For the Defense is an informative look at the life of attorney Clarence Darrow (1856-1938). Darrow left his well-paying job as attorney for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad to defend socialist labor leader Eugene Debs in the aftermath of Chicago's 1894 Pullman strike. As readers see, Darrow would then spend the next four decades defending other outcasts and unpopular causes. Darrow would defend labor activists and strikers, millionaire killers Leopold and Loeb, racial integration in Detroit (the Sweet Case), and the teaching of Evolution in Tennessee (Scopes Monkey trial). His opponents would include not only prosecutors, but law makers, ex-Presidential candidates like William Jennings Bryan, and very often enraged public opinion.