The Sharp Collection
Professor Malcolm Sharp's List of Recommended Readings
Richard L. Bowler & Madeline Hebert
University of Chicago Law Library
Those who remember Professor Malcolm Sharp in class know that he was constantly making references to great books, new and old. It was his view that the ideas expressed in these books were relevant for analysis of the cases and doctrines he was teaching - even though few of the titles were law books.
On the occasion of his retirement in 1965, a group of current and former students created a book fund for the Law Library to acquire many of these titles. Professor Sharp was requested to compile a list of them and the library used the donated funds to create the Malcolm Pitman Sharp Collection. The books are shelved by call number in the D'Angelo Law Library bookstacks.
Before perusing the list, note should be taken of Professor Sharp's comments. He started his list with "The two approximately contemporary books that have most affected me...: Proust, A Remembrance of Things Past and Toynbee, A Study of History." It is interesting to note that he picked Lorenz's On Aggression before it was available in English. He specified the Anchor translation of the Bible for those books available in that edition. In his listing of Shakespeare he expressed particular interest in the Falstaff-Henry V group and Richard III, quoting Hudson, Shakespeare's editor, that "in history nothing is true but the names and the dates, in literature everything is true but the names and the dates." His comment on Herve, Revolution and Fetish (La revolution et les fetiches) is of particular interest:
"Premature Anti-Stalinism, with a lawyer like use of Stalinist texts to prepare for adjustment to the thermonuclear threat; the author expelled from the French Communist Party; a brilliant and subtle little book; I've tried to get the Press (i.e., the University of Chicago Press, ed.) to have it translated." (they nave not done so, ed.)
Finally, he notes generally:
"... volumes of interest to contemporary students at the School, comparable in their kind of value to the volumes listed (may be added, ed.)... I have refrained generally from listing books on sociology, economics, government, and law such as are in the School's Library, and have listed books also in Great Books and similar lists only as they have particular and often vivid significance on my experience. I inferred from what was said about the list that you wanted it to have a personal quality.
The following list presents first a listing of those volumes the Law Library has acquired and second those which are not in the collection. A recent gift in Professor Sharp's memory will now allow the Law Library to acquire these books.
The Sharp Collection
Adams, Henry. Mont Saint-Michel and Chartres. Boston: Houghton Mifflen [c. 1905, c. 1933] 397 p. Call number: DC20.A23 1933a
____________. The Education of Henry Adams. New York: Modern Library, 1936.
Call number: F466.L46 B66 2002
Aeschylus. (The Complete Greek Tragedies series). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1959.
The Anchor Bible. v. 1 Genesis, v. 12, I Chronicles, v. 13 II Chronicles, v. 14 Ezra, Nehemiah, v. 16 psalms 1-50, v. 18 Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, v. 21 Jeremiah, v. 37 The Epistles of James, Peter and Jude. At Regenstein.
Aristoteles On Rhetoric. English trans. by J. H. Freese. Harvard University Press, 1975.
Maimonides, Moses. Guide of the Perplexed. Translated with an introd. and notes by Shlomo Pines. With an introductory essay by Leo Strauss. University of Chicago Press, 1963.
Barrett, C. K. A Commentary on the Second Epistle to the Corinthians. New York: Harper & Row, 1973. At Regenstein.
Bradley, F. H. Appearance and Reality. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1930.
Bradley, F. H. The Principles of Logic. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1928.
Clark, John Maurice. Strategic Factors in Business Cycles. New York: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1935.
___________________. Studies in the Economic of Overhead Costs. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1965.
Collins, J. Churton, ed. Sir Thomas More's Utopia. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964.
Commons, John R. Legal Foundations of Captialism. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1968.
Darwin, Charles. On the Origin of Species. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1964.
Dewey, John. Logic.
___________. The Public and Its Problems. A. Swallow, 1954, 224 p. [1960, c. 1954].
Euripides. (The Complete Greek Tragedies Series) Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960.
Fay, Sidney B. The Origins of he World War: after Sarajevo. New York: Free Press, 1966. 2nd ed.
Fleming, Denna Frank. The Cold War and its Origins, 1917-1960. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1961.
Freud, Sigmund. Future of an Illusion.
______________. Group psychology and the analysis of the ego. 1951.
Fromm, Erich. Escape from Freedom. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1941.
Havelock, Eric A. The Liberal Temper in Greek Politics. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1964.
Herve, Pierre. La Revolution et les Fetiches. Paris: La Table Ronde, 1956.
Hume, David. Essays Moral, Political, and Literary. London: Oxford University Press, 1963.
Hume, David. A Treatise of Human Nature. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964.
Jones, Ernest. Hamlet and Oedipus. Garden City, NY: Doubleday Anchor, 1954.
Kafka, Franz. The Castle. New York: Knopf, 1969.
____________. The Castle. New York: Modern Library, 1969.
____________. The Trial. New York: Modern Library, 1956.
Kahn, Herman. On Escalation. New York: Praeger, 1965.
____________. On Thermonuclear War. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1961. 2nd ed.
Kropotkin, Peter. Mutual Aid. Boston: Extending Horizons Books.
Lattimore, Richard, trans. Greek Lyrics. Chicago University of Chicago Press, 1960. 2nd ed.
The Loeb Library. Aristophanes I, II; Aristotle: Nichomaen Ethics I, Politics II; Herodotus I-III, Homer: The Illiad I, II, The Odyssey I, II; Thucydides. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
The Loeb Library. Hippocrates I-IV. English trans. by W. H. S. Jones. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1923.
Lorenz, Konrad. On Aggression. New York: Harcourt Brace & World, 1966.
Luchaire, Achille. Innocent III. Paris: Librarie Hachette et Cie, 1907.
Mahan, Alfred Thayer. The Influence os Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783. New York: Hill and Wang, 1960.
Marx, Karl. Capital: The Communist Manifesto and other writings. New York: Modern Library, 1959.
More, Thomas. Utopia. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1965.
Pegis, Anton C. Basic-Writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. New York: Random House, 1945.
Plato. The Republic. English trans. by Paul Shorey.
Proust, Marcel. Remembrance of things past. 1934. 2 v.
Rynne, Xavier. Letters from Vatican City. New York: Farrar, Strauss, 1963.
Schmitt, Bernadotte. The Coming of the War, 1914. New York: Howard Fertig, 1966.
Sharp, Frank C. Ethics. NY, 1928.
Sharp, Frank Chapman and Philip G. Fox. Business Ethics. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1937.
Shirer, William L. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960.
Taylor, A. J. P. The Origins of the Second World War. New York: Ateneum, 1962.
Tey, Josephine. The Daughter of Time. London: Peter Davies, 1951.
Toynbee, Arnold. A Study of History. Abridged by D. C. Somerwell. Gen. and Harp. many copies. v. 1 & 2 c. 28 Law. NY & London: OUP, 1947-57.
Von Clausewitz, Carl. On War. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1962. in 3 vols.
Waddell, Helen. The Wandering Scholars. London: Constable, 1949.
Wilson, Edmund. Patriotic Gore; Studies in the Liberature of the American Civil War. NY: OUP, 1962.
Wilson, Edmund. Upstate. New York: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1971.
West, Rebecca. The Court and the Castle: some treatments of a recurrent theme. New Haven: Yale UP, 1957.
West, Ranyard. Conscience and Society. New York: Emerson Books, 1945.
The Yale Shakespeare. New Haven: Yale University Press (Complete plays).
The Bible: Possible groupings
*Song of Solomon (pre-David)
Jeremiah and Lamentations
Selections from Greek lyric poets (See J. A. Symonds, "Greek Poetry")
Selections from the Pre-Socratic Philosophers
Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides passim
Plato and Aristotle passim
Shakespeare: tragedies, comedies, histories
(especially the Falstaff - Henry V. group, and Richard III)
Freud, Future of an Illusion
Freud, Civilization and its Discontents
Anchor Bible editions (not yet published or out of stock)
Croiset, Aristophanes and the Political Parties in Athens
Sharp, F. C. Good will against ill will; a study of moral judgment. Chicago, University of Chicago Press. 1950.
Stone, I. F., The hidden history of the Korean War
Kirk, The pre-Socratic philosophers
Lattimore, Greek lyrics
Symonds, J. A., Greek poetry