Representing Lawyers: Edith Wharton's Portrayal of Lawyers and Lawyering in The Touchstone And Summer

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"Representing Lawyers" focuses on the working lawyers in two of Edith Wharton's novellas: The Touchstone (1900) and Summer (1917). Stephen Glennard of The Touchstone is an ambitious young man practicing corporate law in Manhattan. In contrast, lawyer Royall is an older man, a Lincolnian figure who ekes out a living in the remote village of North Dormer, Massachusetts. Glennard seems to exemplify the sophisticated corporate lawyer, while Royall might be the embodiment of the romanticized solo practitioner. Wharton, however, subverts any possibility of the reader idealizing either of these fictional lawyers, each of whom struggles with a serious ethical dilemma.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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