The Common Law

The Common Law

by Oliver Wendell Holmes
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The Common Law

The Common Law changed America forever. The lectures - which were given at the Lowell Institute in Boston and subsequently published in 1880 - created a buzz of excitement that enveloped the New England intellectual community. Over a century later, we can look back at The Common Law and still feel the same sense of excitement that our predecessors did, virtually undiminished by the tumultuous decades of American jurisprudence that have followed. It remains an exhilarating landmark in law because both its content and its style, its substance and its process, perfectly mirror what common law is: a complex and diffuse combination of actual cases, history, analysis, and philosophy - all woven together to create the rules by which we live.

About the Author:
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. -- who grew up in the shadow of his famous father, the great doctor and writer Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. -- set out to make his mark on the world by the age of forty. His first notoriety among the legal community came when he edited the monumental work of legal scholarship Kent’s Commentaries. Just shy of his fortieth birthday, he delivered The Common Law to very positive reviews. From that point, his career was meteoric and included a near three-decade tenure on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409915492
Publisher: Dodo Press
Publication date: 05/16/2008
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Editionxi
Lecture IEarly forms of Liability
Lecture IIThe Criminal Law
Lecture IIITorts.-Trespass and Negligence
Lecture IVFraud, Malice, and Intent.-The Theory of Torts
Lecture VThe Bailee at Common Law
Lecture VIPossession
Lecture VIIContract.-I. History
Lecture VIIIContract.-II. Elements
Lecture IXContract.-III. Void and Voidable
Lecture XSuccessions.-I. After Death.-II. Inter Vivos
Lecture XISuccessions.-II. Inter Vivos
Glossary of Legal Terms319
Table of Cases321
Year Books and Early Cases325

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