Kill All the Lawyers?: Shakespeare's Legal Appeal

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Two-thirds of Shakespeare's plays have trial scenes, and many deal specifically with lawyers, courts, judges, and points of law. Daniel Kornstein, a practicing attorney, looks at the legal issues and aspects of Shakespeare's plays and finds fascinating parallels with many legal and social questions of the present day. The Elizabethan age was as litigious as our own, and Shakespeare was very familiar with the language and procedures of the courts. Kill All the Lawyers? examines the ways in which Shakespeare used ...
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Overview

Two-thirds of Shakespeare's plays have trial scenes, and many deal specifically with lawyers, courts, judges, and points of law. Daniel Kornstein, a practicing attorney, looks at the legal issues and aspects of Shakespeare's plays and finds fascinating parallels with many legal and social questions of the present day. The Elizabethan age was as litigious as our own, and Shakespeare was very familiar with the language and procedures of the courts. Kill All the Lawyers? examines the ways in which Shakespeare used the law for dramatic effect and incorporated the passion for justice into his great tragedies and comedies and considers the modern legal relevance of his work.

This is a ground-breaking study in the field of literature and the law, ambitious and suggestive of the value of both our literary and our legal inheritance.

Daniel Kornstein was president of the Law and Humanities Institute and is a founding partner of the firm of Kornstein Veisz Wexler & Pollard, LLP, in New York City.

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Editorial Reviews

Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature

“An analysis that will interest Shakespeare scholars, enrich the working life of practicing lawyers, and help the lay reader understand why he enjoys Shakespeare in the first place.”—Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature
Times Literary Supplement

“Thorough and lucid.”—Times Literary Supplement
New York Law Journal

“Exhaustive scholarship and searching thought.”—New York Law Journal
Renaissance Quarterly

“Kornstein’s style is always lucid and often witty.”—Renaissance Quarterly
Choice

“Highly recommended to all literate citizens, a genuine contribution to Shakespearean studies.”—Choice
Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature

“An analysis that will interest Shakespeare scholars, enrich the working life of practicing lawyers, and help the lay reader understand why he enjoys Shakespeare in the first place.”—Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature

Times Literary Supplement

“Thorough and lucid.”—Times Literary Supplement

New York Law Journal

“Exhaustive scholarship and searching thought.”—New York Law Journal

Renaissance Quarterly

“Kornstein’s style is always lucid and often witty.”—Renaissance Quarterly

Choice

“Highly recommended to all literate citizens, a genuine contribution to Shakespearean studies.”—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803278219
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 844,082
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author


Daniel Kornstein was president of the Law and Humanities Institute and is a founding partner of the firm of Kornstein Veisz Wexler & Pollard, LLP, in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Shakespeare and the law 3
Ch. 2 The first thing we do : Henry VI, part 2 22
Ch. 3 A scarecrow of the law : Measure for measure 35
Ch. 4 Fie upon your law! : The merchant of Venice 65
Ch. 5 Skull of a lawyer : Hamlet 90
Ch. 6 Liberty! freedom! tyranny is dead! : Julius Caesar 107
Ch. 7 The lunatic, the lover, the poet - and the lawyer? : A midsummer night's dream 125
Ch. 8 Old Father Antic the law : Henry IV, parts 1 and 2 135
Ch. 9 Final verdict on Richard III 143
Ch. 10 Much ado about slander : Othello and Much ado about nothing 156
Ch. 11 A just and open trial? : The winter's tale 176
Ch. 12 To break our country's laws : Richard II 193
Ch. 13 Breath of an unfee'd lawyer : King Lear 210
Ch. 14 Shakespeare the scrivener? 227
Epilogue : unacknowledged lawgiver 239
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