Lawyers and Literature
James R. Elkins


Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (New York: Harper, 50th Anniversary ed., 2010)

Legal Scholarship

Rob Atkinson, Liberating Lawyers: Divergent Parallels in Intruder in the Dust and To Kill a Mockingbird, 49 Duke L.J. 601 (1999)

Talmage Boston, Who Was Atticus Finch, 73 Tex. B. J. 484 (2010)

Talbot D'Alemberte, Alexis De Tocqueville, Atticus Finch, and Legal Services for the Poor in the Nineties, 7 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 397 (1991)

_______________, Atticus Finch and the Movement to Provide Legal Services to the Poor, 3 U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 19 (1990)

Michael Dayton, The Lessons of Atticus Finch and a Nine Year-Old Sailor, 4 (1) N.C. St. B.J. 26 (1999)

Maria A. Failinger, Gentleman as Hero: Atticus Finch and the Lonely Path, 10 J. L. & Religion 303 (1993-1994)

Cynthia L. Fountaine, In the Shadlow of Atticus Finch: Constructing a Heroic lawyer, 13 Widener L.J. 123 (2003)

Rita B. Garman, Improving the Image of Lawyers: More Atticus Finch and Less Ally McBeal, 92 (2) Women's L.J. 22 (2007)

Claudia Johnson, Without Tradition and Within Reason: Judge Horton and Atticus Finch in Court, 45 Ala. L. Rev. 483 (1994)

Royal Furgeson, The Jury in To Kill a Mockingbird: What Went Wrong, 73 Texas B.J. 488 (2010)

Iris Halpern, Rape, Incest, and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird: ON Alabama's Legal Construction of Gender and Sexuality in the Context of Racial Subordination, 18 Clum. J. Gender & L. 743 (2009)

Edward T. Hinson, Jr., Searching for Atticus Finch in North Carolina, 4 (1) N.C. St. B.J. 8 (1999)

Carla T. Main, Learning from Atticus Finch 43 Advocate (Idaho State Bar) 24 (2000)

Mary Ellen Maatman, Justice Formation from Generation to Generation: Atticus Finch and the Stories Lawyers Tell Their Children, 14 Leg. Writing: J. Leg. Writing Inst. 207 (2008)

Robert W. Mayhue, Jr., Crisis of Conscience: Lessons Learned from Legal Literature Through an Analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird and Intruder in the Dust, 46 S.D. L. Rev. 813 (2001)

Edward J. Nevin, The Search for Atticus Finch, 34 Int. Soc'y Barristers Quart. 331 (1999)

Note, Being Atticus Finch: The Professional Role of Empathy in To Kill a Mockingbird, 117 Harv. L. 1682 (2004)

Robert W. Mayhue, Jr., Crisis of Consciences: Lessons Lerened from legal Literature through an Analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird and Intruder in the Dust, 46 S.D. L. Rev. 813 (2001)

John Jay Osborn, Jr., Atticus Finch: The End of Honor: A Discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird, 30 U.S.F. L. Rev. 1139 (1996)

Mike Papantonio, In Search of Atticus Finch: A Motivational Book for Lawyers (1995)

Thomas L. Shaffer, The Moral Theology of Atticus Finch, 41 U. Pitts. L. Rev. 181 (1981)

______________, Growing Up Good in Maycomb, 45 Ala. L. Rev. 531 (1994)

Randolph N. Stone, Atticus Finch, in Context, 97 Mich. L. Rev. 1378

Gregory J. Sullivan, Children Into Men: Lawyers and the Law in Three Novels, 37 Cath. Law. 29 (1996)

Robert Westley, What Would Make Atticus Finch Flich, 1 Fla. A & M U.L. Rev. 91 (2006)

The Revisionist Critique

Robert Batey, Atticus Finch, Boris A. Max, and the Lawyer's Dilemma, 12 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 389 (2005)

Nancy L. Cook, A Call to Affirmative Action for Fiction's Heroes of Color, or How Hawkeye, Huck, and Atticus Foil the Work of Antiracism, 11 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 603 (2002)

Joseph Crespino, The Strange Career of Atticus Finch, 6 (2) Southern Cultures 9 (2000)

[The Redemption of Atticus Finch (Letters to the Editor), 6 (4) Southern Cultures 1 (2000)]

Tim Dare, Lawyers, Ethics, and To Kill a Mockingbird, 25 Phil. & Lit. 127 (2001)

Monroe Freedman, Atticus Fich--Right and Wrong, 45 Ala. L. Rev. 473 (1994)

[See also: Monroe Freedman, Argumentum Ad Hominem: Atticus Finch as Hero?, 130 (11) New Jersey L.J. 15 (March 16, 1992); Atticus Finch, Esq., R.I.P., 14 (40 Legal Times 20 (Feb 24, 1992); Atticus Finch, R.I.P., Conn. L. Tribute 17 (February 24, 1992)]

Steven Lubet, Reconstructing Atticus Finch, 97 Mich. L. Rev. 1339 (1990)

[Ann Althouse, Reconstructing Atticus Finch? A Response to Professor Lubet "Reconstructiing Atticus Finch," 97 Mich. L. Rev. 1363 (1999); William H. Simon, Moral Icons: A Comment on Steven Lubet's "Reconstruction Atticus Finch, 97 Mich. L. Rev. 1376Steven Lubet, Reply to Comments on "Reconstructing Atticus Finch, 97 Mich. L. Rev. 1382 (1999)

Teresa Godwin Phelps, The Margins of Maycomb: A Rereading of To Kill a Mockingbird, 45 Al. L. Rev. 511 (1994)

_________________, Propter Honoris Respectum: Atticus, Thomas, and the Meaning of Justice, 77 Notre Dame L. Rev. 925 (2002)

Literary Scholarship (Books)

Harold Bloom (ed.), Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (Broomall, Pennsylvania: Chelsea House, 1996)

Claudia Johnson, To Kill a Mockingbird: Threatening Boundaries (New York: Twayne, 1994)

Candice Mancini, Candice (ed.) Racism in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (Farmington Hills, Michigan: Greenhaven, 2007)

Alice Hall Petry, On Harper Lee: Essays and Reflections (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2007).

Literary (and Film) Scholaship (Articles)

Estelle Aycock, Electronic Media: Teaching Film as Literature: "Places in the Heart" and "To Kill a Mockingbird," 75 (4) English. J. 85 (1986)

Diann L. Baecker, Telling It In Black and White: The Importance of the Africanist Presence in To Kill a Mockingbird, 36 (3) Southern Quart. 124 (1998)

Cramer R. Cauthen & Donald G. Alpin, The Gift Refused: The Southern lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird, The Client, and Cape Fear, 19 (2) Stud. in Popular Culture 57 (1996)

Laurie Champion, "When You Finally See Them": The Unconquered Eye in To Kill a Mockingbird, 37 (2) Southern Quart. 127 (1999)

Charles M. Chappell, The Unity of To Kill a Mockingbird, 42 (1) Ala. Rev. 32 (1989)

Patrick Chura, Proplepsis and Anachronism: Emmet Till and the Historicity of To Kill a Mockingbird, 32 (2) Southern Literary J. 1 (2000)

Fred Erisman, The Romantic Regionalism of Harper Lee, 26 (2) Ala. Rev. 122 (1973)

Laura Fine, Gender Conflicts and Their "Dark" Projectioins in Coming of Age White Female Soutern Novels, 36 (4) Southern Quart. 121 (1998){examines several novels including To Kill a Mockingbird)

Horton Foote, "To Kill a Mockingbird: The Screenplay," in To Kill a Mockingbird: The ScreenPlay by Horton Foote and Related Readings (Evanston, Illinois: McDougal Littell, 1997)

William T. Going, Truman Capote: Harper Lee's Fictional Portrait of the Artist as an Alabama Child, 42 (2) Ala. Rev. 136 (1989)

Mark Holcomb, To Kill a Mockingbird, 55 (4) Film Quart. 34 (2002)

Theodore R. Hovet & Grace-Ann Hovet, "Fine Fancy Gentlemen" and "Yappy Folk": Contending Voices in To Kill a Mockingbird, 40 (1) Southern Quart. 67 (2001)

Claudia Johnson, The Secret Courts of Men's Hearts: Code and Law in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, 19 (2) Stud. Am. Fiction 129 (1991)

____________, Without Tradition and Within Reason: Judge Horton and Atticus Finch in Court, 45 Ala. L. Rev. 483 (1994)

Carolyn Jones, Atticus Finch and the Mad Dog: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, 34 (4) Southern Quart. 53 (1996)

Christopher Metress, The Rise and Fall of Atticus Finch, 24 (1) Chattahoochee Rev. 95 (2003)

Mary McDonagh Murphy, Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird (New York: HarperCollins, 2010)

Dean Shackleford, The Female Voice in To Kill a Mockingbird: Narrative Strategies in Film and Novel, 50 (1) Miss. Quart. 101 (1996/1997)

Eric J. Sundquist, Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America (Cambridge: Belnap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005)

____________, "Blues for Atticus Finch: Scottsboro, Brown, and Harper Lee," in Larry J. Griffin & Don H. Doyle (eds.), The South as an American Problem 181-209 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1995)


Mitzi-Ann Stiltner, "Don't Put Your Shoes on the Bed: A Moral Analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird, masters thesis, Department of English, East Tennessee State University, 2002

Pedagogical Texts

Claudia Johnson, Understanding to Kill a Mockingbird: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historica Documents (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1994)

Terry O'Neill (ed.), Readings on To Kill a Mockingbird (San Diego, California: Greenhaven, 2000)

Teacher Study Guide: To Kill a Mockingbird: Then and Now. 86 (4) English J. 1 (1997)

Harper Lee

Charles J. Shields, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee (New York: Holt, 2006)


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