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The paper chase.

Author: John Jay Osborn
Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1971.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story centers on Hart, a brilliant young law student from the U.S. Midwest who attends Harvard Law School and becomes obsessed with one of his teachers, Professor Charles W. Kingsfield, Jr. Hart becomes an expert on Kingsfield's subject, Contracts; he reads everything about the subject, including all of Kingsfield's papers, most of which are not on the reading list. He goes so far as to break into the law  Read more...
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Genre/Form: College stories
Legal stories
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Osborn, John Jay.
Paper chase.
Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1971
(OCoLC)763147949
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Jay Osborn
ISBN: 0395126703 9780395126707
OCLC Number: 156216
Description: 181 pages 22 cm

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The story centers on Hart, a brilliant young law student from the U.S. Midwest who attends Harvard Law School and becomes obsessed with one of his teachers, Professor Charles W. Kingsfield, Jr. Hart becomes an expert on Kingsfield's subject, Contracts; he reads everything about the subject, including all of Kingsfield's papers, most of which are not on the reading list. He goes so far as to break into the law library to read Kingsfield's original law school notes. Hart becomes such an expert that Kingsfield asks him to contribute to a paper. At the same time he begins a relationship with a woman named Susan Field who turns out to be Kingsfield's daughter. Susan stands aloof from the law-school rat-race and is able to dismiss all the things Hart cares about the most. At the end of the term, Professor Kingsfield really means something in his students' lives, but he still doesn't know their names. For him, the class is only a group of people, simply names on a paper. He doesn't even recognize the protagonist, Mr. Hart, after several encounters and classroom debates. It is probable that he only pretends not to recognize Mr. Hart. (perhaps to make the point that it is not the relationships that one forms in law school, but rather, the knowledge one attains, which are critical). Mr. Hart, after all, is very likely to stand out in Kingsfield's mind after an incident where Kingsfield asks Hart to leave the class, and Hart says, in front of the lecture hall, "You are a son of a bitch, Kingsfield." After much effort preparing for the final exam, Hart's grade is delivered to him, but he simply makes a paper airplane out of his final report card, and sends it sailing into the Atlantic Ocean without looking at it.

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