Arthur Train


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(1875–1945), born in Massachusetts, became prominent both as a New York lawyer and public official and as an author of fiction. He is particularly noted for his stories with a legal background and concerned with Mr. Tutt, an aging lawyer whose ingenuous manner conceals a shrewd wit and brilliant knowledge of his profession. The many tales in which he figures have been collected in such volumes as Tutt and Mr. Tutt (1920), The Adventures of Ephraim Tutt (1930), Mr. Tutt's Case Book (1936), and Mr. Tutt Finds a Way (1945). Yankee Lawyer: The Autobiography of Ephraim Tutt (1943) contains the story of his fictional career. Puritan's Progress (1931) is an account of the puritan tradition in America. My Day in Court (1939) is an autobiography; From the District Attorney's Office (1939) explains the administration of criminal justice; and Tassels on Her Boots (1940) is a novel of the days of Boss Tweed. Train was president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1941–45).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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