According to a recent article about the favourite literary references used by current US Supreme Court justices in their judgments, Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll top the list.
This was followed by:
- George Orwell
- Charles Dickens
- Aldous Huxley
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, William Faulkner, Herman Melville and J.D. Salinger (equal number of references)
This reminds me of one of my posts on Slaw.ca (way back in 2006!) on Popular Song Lyrics in Legal Writing. Oklahoma City University School of Law professor Alex B. Long did a study of citations to pop music stars in law journals.
In descending list of “popularity” . . . [more]