Law Profs as Novelists

It seems law professors just don’t have enough to do these days and some at least turn to the field of novel writing (as if law schools weren’t providing enough fiction). An article in Saturday’s New York Times has an interesting piece about a book coming out this Fall from Yale law professor Jed Rubenfeld- a murder tale tied in with a visit that Freud took to the US in 1909. Its touted as this year’s “The Historian”, a first novel from another academic (non law) last year – a great read for anyone who’s not yet read it.


  1. Well of course, there are so many – the amazingly prolific Alexander McCall Smith is the leader, and likely would have sales that match Rubenfeld’s amazing advance. But there are many others. Try also Paul Goldstein at Stanford, Cameron Stracher, Lori Andrews at Chicago Kent Mimi Wesson, Thane Rosenbaum, the late Harry Bloom at Kent , Ruthann Robson at NYU, and Stephen Carter at Yale.
    Don’t know of any Canadians but the truth is that my law prof colleagues don’t intentionally write fiction.

  2. I do. Intentionally write fiction, that is.

    Or, I should say, I did.

    I’ve published two mysteries with Scribners under the pseudonym Simon Ritchie (my middle name — had it way before Sid Vicious): The Hollow Woman way back in 1986 and Work for a Dead Man” in 1989. They’re still available in some public libraries and on Amazon for $0.01

  3. Gosh – I actually knew that Simon – but my frantic web searching didn’t bring you up.

    And by the way, alibris has a copy of your book for US$ 51.20 for WfaDM and $39.95 for HW.