Mark S. Weiner

Walking with Horatio Alger

In Aesthetics, Books and libraries, form, Gender, Law and literature, narrative, Video on March 30, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Horatio Alger doesn’t have much to do with law or legal history—except for the extraordinary fact that he was Justice Benjamin Cardozo’s private tutor for a spell. But I hope you’ll enjoy this video all the same. It’s about a wonderful old book I found a couple of weeks ago after a long hike.

Small Blank Space

The video is the first, draft installment in a series which, among other things, is giving me great practice in video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro—which, in turn, will allow me to create a long-planned series of videos that will tell the story of the development of the common law through the linked story of ten rare books.

September 13, 2014: This post has been moved to March 30, 2014 for organizational purposes.

  1. Beautifully done, Mark. I too am drawn to old books with inscriptions that mark, as you say, the passing from hand to hand and across generations.

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    • Thanks, George. I think that those inscriptions gets at something essential about books and what makes that “old media” special. I’d like use video to bring those things into view. In an upcoming project, I’m hoping look at ten central texts in the history of the common law.

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  2. posted on Facebook. Strong memories of a wee lad finding these on the shelf, once read by my dad and his brothers.

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    • Wonderful, Richard. Thanks for sharing that beautiful memory.

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      • This is post from my sister after I posted your Alger. Interesting in the forties no old books for girls of the same ilk, though I will look. Lots of kinds of boy books from sea scouts to intrepid followers of TR into,the woods.
        My sister is not only clever but persistent and just retired at 80 from a Dean at medical,school.

        I just read the Bobsey Twins and Nancy Drew from parents. At least a girl could be clever if not persistent. By the timeyou were reading Horatio Alger, I was in high school or college!!!

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  3. […] For Part I of my Horatio Alger video series, see here. […]

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