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Fast facts on the writing life of William O. Douglas

  • Published over 40 books in his lifetime
  • Wrote hundreds of articles for a wide array of publications
  • Writing has been translated into over 10 languages
  • Prolific writing and publication career also included thousands of letters of correspondence, transcribed speeches, and countless other documents
The translated writing and books of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas


1929 First published article, “A Functional Approach to the Law of Business Associations,” appears in March issue of Illinois Law Review.

1942 Writes article “Press Must be America’s Wartime University” for July issue of Life magazine.

1948 Writes article “Way to Win Without War” for July issue of Reader’s Digest magazine.

1949 Horseback-riding accident results in 23 broken ribs and nearly ends Douglas’ life. Writes first book, the memoir Of Men & Mountains, during his recovery. Published in 1950 by Harper, it remains his most critically acclaimed.

Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas at a book signing for his book "Of Men and Mountains". Black and white
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