Journals Higher Education



Published: 16 November 1995

648 Pages | 14 halftones, 1 map

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195101287

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Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

Law and the Inner Self

G. Edward White

In Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, G. Edward White, the acclaimed biographer of Earl Warren and one of America's most esteemed legal scholars, provides a rounded portrait of this remarkable jurist. We see Holmes's early life in Boston and at Harvard, his ambivalent relationship with his father, and his harrowing service during the Civil War. White also examines Holmes's curious, childless marriage and he includes new information on Holmes's relationship with Irish aristocrat Clare Castletown. In addition to providing a vivid portrait of Holmes's life, White explores in depth the inner life and thought of this preeminent legal figure, including a full chapter devoted to The Common Law and astute commentary on Holmes's legal writings. White concludes that understanding Holmes's life is crucial to understanding his work.
White's biography of Earl Warren was hailed by Anthony Lewis on the cover of The New York Times Book Review as "serious and fascinating," and The Los Angeles Times noted that "White has gone beyond the labels and given us the man." In Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, White has produced an equally serious and fascinating biography, one that again goes beyond the labels and gives us the man himself.