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VERSE: More Selected Poems on the Law of Contracts: Raintree County Memorial Library Occasional Paper No. 2

Fall, 1996

91 Nw. U.L. Rev. 295


Edited by Douglass G. Boshkoff *


In 1989, a fortuitous set of events led to the discovery of twenty-nine poems related to the law of contracts in the Raintree County Memorial Library. Recognizing their importance, the library trustees soon authorized publication. 1 The identity of the author was then, and is today, a mystery. 2 There was no thought that more poems from the same pen might exist. Recently, however, we have learned otherwise. The poems included in Occasional Paper #2 were discovered during a 1995 inventory of duplicate holdings in the Raintree County Memorial Library. 3 The trustees have once again requested that I edit them for publication.

These new poems supplement those already published in several ways. Most importantly, among the new discoveries are legible copies of poems related to Drennan v. Star Paving Co. 4 and Taylor v. Caldwell. 5 These texts also appeared in the first manuscript, but in a portion of the document so badly damaged as to be unreadable.

Also prominent are several poems involving well known Cardozo opinions. Viewing the entire collection of fifty-one works, it is clear that the author was fascinated by decisions of this famous jurist. There are four poems in this group and six altogether. No other judge is represented by more than one. And often, the language in these poems expresses or implies a very positive view of his work. For example, in the Allegheny College case, 6 Judge Cardozo possesses "wisdom exceeding our ken." In Jacob & Young's, Inc. v. Kent, ...
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