Strangers to Us All Lawyers and Poetry

Newman Levy

New York

Newman Levy was born in New York. He graduated from New York University Law School in 1911 and practiced law in New York City until his retirement in 1961. From 1916 to 1919, he was assistant district attorney for New York County.

Levy's father, Abraham Levy was a well-known New York criminal lawyer who aspired for his son to a successful lawyer. Levy wanted to be a writer of "light verse." He became both a writer and a lawyer.

[Source: "Norman Levy Is Dead at 77; Lawyer Noted for Light Verse," New York Times, Mar. 23, 1966, p. 47]

Newman Levy - Barrister Bard


Newman Levy, Opera Guyed (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923)(1925)(1926)(1930)(1933)(1947)(1949)(illustrated by Rea Irvin)

[Thais (Brattleboro, Vermont: Printed at the Press of the Vermont Printing Co., 1931)(16 pgs on double leaves; "Reprinted from Opera Guyed; 250 copies printed; bound in silver, gold, pale yellow, violet, deep purple-red, and black patterned paper over boards; paper label on front cover; raw umber cloth shelfback; top edge trimmed; pictures by Abner J. Epstein)]

___________, Gay But Wistful: Verses by Newman Levy (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925)

___________, Saturday to Monday (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930)(illustrated by John Held)

___________, Theatre Guyed (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1933)


Newman Levy, My Double Life: Adventures in Law & Letters (New York: Doubleday, 1958)

___________, Sandy MacPherson, Book Collector (New York: Pynson Printers, 1928)(New York: Duschnes, 1933)(New York: P.C. Duschnes, 1940)(Council Bluffs, Iowa: Yellow Barn Press, 1998)


Newman Levy & Edna Ferber, $1200 a Year: A Comedy in Three Acts (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1920)(1923)(Toronto: S.B. Gundy, 1920s)

George J. Mintzer & Newman Levy, The International Anti-Semitic Conspiracy (New York: American Jewish Committee, 1946)

Newman Levy, The Nan Patterson Case (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959)

[We learned about Newman Levy's association with poetry by way of J. Wesley Miller's introductory essay on "Legal Poetry" which appears in Ina Russelle Warren (ed.), The Lawyer's Alcove: Poems by the Lawyer, for the Lawyer and about the Lawyer i-xii, ix (Buffalo, New York: William S. Hein & Co., reprint ed., 1990)(New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1900)]