Bryan A. Garner, the world's leading legal lexicographer, will give a talk on Monday, December 9, about the exhibit of association copies from his private book collection, which is currently on display in the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School.
The announcement then mentions that Garner "has amassed a private collection of 36,000 books."
The exhibit, Built by Association: Books Once Owned by Notable Judges and Lawyers, includes books inscribed by John Jay, the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Clarence Darrow, the most famous trial lawyer in American history. Other notable figures include Supreme Court Justices Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and Benjamin Cardozo, and Lindley Murray, a lawyer best known as "the father of English grammar." Three of the authors taught at Yale Law School: Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, Judge Jerome Frank, and the iconoclastic Professor Fred Rodell.
I already admired Garner for providing invaluable and approachable writing and usage advice through diverse media, including books, law review articles, short articles, and Twitter. It looks like I now have another good reason to continue holding this opinion.