Brook Thomas is professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. He is author of James Joyce's“Ulysses”: A Book of Many Happy Returns (1982), Cross-Examinations of Law and Literature: Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, and Melville (1987), The New Historicism and Other Old-Fashioned Topics (1991), and American Literary Realism and the Failed Promise of Contract (1997). He has also editedPlessy v. Ferguson: A Brief History with Documents (1997) and the volumes Literature and the Nation (1998) and Law and Literature(2002) for REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature.

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