Remembering Anthony Lewis

Anthony Lewis died of heart and renal failure this Monday, March 25, says his wife, former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Margaret Marshall. The two-time Pulitzer winner, spent the majority of his career writing for the New York Times, for which he wrote "Abroad at Home" and "At Home Abroad" for the op-ed column, in addition to his legal reporting. He also wrote three books, the most famous of which is Gideon's Trumpet, now a classic for those studying law. The book covers the 1963 Gideon v. Wainwright case, which changed federal law to ensure that all defendant, even the poorest who cannot pay to have a lawyer, are guaranteed legal representation.

Mr. Lewis and his wife spent their last years together in Cambridge. He appears in various news stories throughout our collections, including a speech on the first amendment at the Brattle in Cambridge, interviews on the Supreme Court and the politics of the Middle East, and as part of a panel of experts. Although Mr. Lewis was a print journalism man, who wrote on a manual type writer until the day he died, we can also remember him through local news footage addressing the issues he held dear.


Laboie, Denise. “Pulitzer Prize-Winning Anthony Lewis Dies at 85.” WBUR, March 25, 2013.

Liptak, Adam. “Anthony Lewis, Supreme Court Reporter Who Brought Law to Life, Dies at 85.” New York Times, March 25, 2013.