CLARENCE DARROW - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/18/1933 - HFSID 288334
Sale Price $1,700.00
Replying on verso to a request to frame pages from his autobiography, Darrow gives his consent.
Autograph Letter signed: "Clarence Darrow", 1 page, 6x9½. No place, no date, but written on verso of a letter from Dr. Irving Thomas dated May 18, 1933. Replying to Thomas' request to copy and frame paragraphs from Darrow's autobiography and to mail them to Darrow for his signature, Darrow replies in full: "Thanks for your good letter. I'm very glad indeed that you liked the book, and I am perfectly willing to have you use our extracts in the way you like. If you send them to me will autograph and return it with pleasure". [Items not included.] Attorney Clarence Darrow (1857-1938), originally a specialist in corporate law, shot to fame in 1894, when he defended American Socialist leader Eugene V. Debs, President of the American Railroad Union, arrested on a federal contempt of court charge arising from a strike at the Chicago Pullman Palace Car Company. Although Darrow lost the case, he won a national reputation as a champion of radical causes. A brilliant orator and a master of reforming the law, framing pleas and eliciting evidence, he became one of America's most renowned defense lawyers, and he used his position to campaign against capital punishment. In his sixties, Darrow successfully defended Leopold and Loeb (1924) in getting life imprisonment instead of death for kidnapping and killing a 13-year-old boy. In 1925, he defended John T. Scopes, accused of violating a Tennessee law by teaching evolution, in the "Scopes Monkey Trial". Darrow's autobiography, The Story of My Life, was published in 1932. A fictionalized version of this trial, with Darrow represented by "Henry Drummond," is presented in Jerome Lawrence's play Inherit the Wind (1955), remade as a film several times. Lightly toned and creased. Multiple mailing folds. Corners lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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