Augustus Noble Hand
The other day I had the following thought: Doesn’t Augustus Hand deserve his own biography? Granted, there is a fair amount of material on him in Gunther’s biography of Learned Hand, but should we think of A. Hand as just L. Hand’s duller cousin? He was a highly regarded judge, and the contributed some very significant opinions in several areas, including constitutional law. And in reading through some of his prose, you can see that he was also a lively stylist, albeit more modest or formal than his cousin. Plus, I was also struck by the fact he was apparently a friend of W.E.B. Dubois (they went to Harvard together). Anyway, I will do some posts in the coming weeks on Judge Hand. Could be my next book. Who knows?