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Until quite recently the judiciary—and the federal judiciary in particular—has been largely neglected by American novelists and playwrights. Literary historians such as Joseph Blotner and Gordon Milne, who have studied the American political novel in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, have found an abundance of works dealing with legislative or executive skullduggery, but only a handful of titles that examine issues of judicial power. Such relative disinterest in our noblesse de robe seems easily explainable. Judges have always been less visible to the public than, say, Congressmen or Governors, and the business of judging does not lend itself readily to dramatization.

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