Strangers to Us All Lawyers and Poetry

Mitchell Dawson


Mitchell Dawson, according to a Newberry Library news release, "led a double life. By day, he was an attorney, journalist, and literary agent; by night, he was a poet, circulating in the city's Bohemian circles." He was "a patron to Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Theodore Dreiser, Marcell Duchamp, William Carlos Williams, Maxwell Bodenheim, and Robert McAlmon." [Newberry Library news release announcing a lecture by Pennsylvania State University Professor Randy J. Ploog, "Remnants of a Double Life: Mitchell Dawson (1890-1956)]

Mitchell Dawson was born in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago where he obtained his undergraduate and law degrees. Dawson's poetry was published in various journals, much of it before he became a lawyer. [Telephone interview, Professor Randy J. Ploog, August 8, 2004]

The Double Life of Michell Dawson: Attorney and Poety
by Randy Ploog

Research Resources

Dawson Family Papers
Newberry Library
Chicago, Illinois


Mitchell Dawson, Publicity for the Bar: Report and Recommendations for a Public Relations Program for the American Bar Association (Chicago: Chicago Law Printing Co., 1938)

_____________, The Magic Firecrackers (New York: Viking Press, 1949)

______________, The Queen of Trent (London/New York: Abelard-Schuman, 1961)(London: Abelard Schuman, 1974)