Monday, January 06, 2014

How to Write Well? Read Well

Legal writing professors are always looking for innovative ways to help law students improve their writing. One tried-and-true(-and-fun) technique: Encouraging students to read well-written novels.

Here is the latest list of recommended reading from legal writing professors around the country with links to the Ohio State libraries' catalog records:

E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, and Stuart Little
George Orwell, Politics and the English Language (an essay)
Russell Kirk, The American Cause
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter From a Birmingham City Jail
T.S. Eliot, Selected Essays, 1917-1932
G.K. Chesterton, Selected Essays
Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
Kevin Boyle, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in
the Jazz Age
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
John Grisham, Pelican Brief
Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet
Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Annie Proulx, Wyoming Stories
Muriel Rukeyser, The Book of the Dead
Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides