MORRIS L. ERNST - INSCRIBED BOOK SIGNED 11/1963 - HFSID 9414
Sale Price $90.00
MORRIS L. ERNST
A first edition printing of Ernst's book Untitled: the diary of my 72nd year, signed by Ernst to a fan who agrees that "the purpose of life is living"
Inscribed Book signed: "For Lord Charley/who may agree that the purpose/of life is living --/Coridally/Morris L. Ernest/Nov 1963", in blue ink. 272 pages, Hardcover with paper dust jacket. Morris L. Ernst (1888-1976) was a lawyer known for several cases between 1930 and 1960, most notably his defense of James Joyce's novel Ulysses against obscenity charges, which led to it's eventual distribution in the United States. Ernst went on to right the foreword to the book, which earned him a large amount in royalties. Ernst is also listed often as a pioneer of civil liberties, founding the National Civil Liberties Bureau in 1917, and being appointed by President Truman to the President's Committee on Civil Rights. In 1956, Ernst was involved in the controversial case of Jesús Galíndez disappearance, with his final reports stating that the suspected Rafael Trujillo had no involvement in the mystery. The press and the FBI, however, were unconvinced and suspected that details may have been left out of the report. Dust jacket's corners and edges worn and creased. Pages slightly toned. Spine of book slightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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