Oral history interview with Anthony Lewis, conducted by Victor Geminiani
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Oral history interview with Anthony Lewis, conducted by Victor Geminiani, March 18, 1993, National Equal Justice Library, Special Collections, Georgetown Law Library.
Anthony Lewis. Lewis covered the case as a Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times. Gideon’s Trumpet, his book based on the case, was published in 1964. In the interview, he recalled how he became involved in the case after seeing Gideon’s petition in the Supreme Court file room on June 4th, 1962, the day the Court agreed to hear the case. He also recalled his impressions after meeting with Clarence Gideon in the prison library of the Raiford Penitentiary.
The interview was conducted by Victor Geminiani on March 18, 1993, as part of the NEJL oral history project.Anthony Lewis (March 27, 1927 – March 25, 2013) was a U.S. journalist, twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a longtime NY Times columnist. Lewis graduated from Harvard College in 1948, and started working for the New York Times. After working for the DNC on Adlai Stevenson's presidential campaign, and writing for the Washington daily News, he returned to the New York Times that year as its Washington bureau chief, where he was assigned to cover the Justice Department and the Supreme Court. In 1963, in the category National Reporting, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court. During a four-month newspaper strike (November 1962 to February 1963), Lewis wrote Gideon’s Trumpet, the story of Clarence Earl Gideon, the plaintiff in Gideon v. Wainwright the 1963 case in which the Supreme Court held that states were required to provide counsel for indigent defendants charged with serious crimes.Original video recording on VHS is housed in the NEJL. The interview is also available online in the mp4 and webm formats at: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/library/collections/nejl/gideon/index.cfm
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