Darrow's last trial, the Massie case in Honolulu in 1932.
Darrow was an extremely active speaker and debater on the lecture circuit, and Chapter 6, "Verdicts Out of Court: Darrow as Lecturer and Writer," delineates that part of his rhetoric. Some biographers have argued that Darrow was more comfortable as a performer before large audiences than in the courtroom. This chapter will detail both Darrow's career as a lecturer and his themes and arguments. A comparison will be drawn between Darrow's legal and public presentations.
Throughout his life Darrow wrote numerous significant essays and works of fiction. Chapter 6 will analyze Darrow's writings in an attempt to compare the ideas in those writings with those in his speeches. It will also focus on how Darrow helped to sustain and enlarge his myth through his writings.
As an aid to the researcher of Darrow's rhetoric, authoritative texts of several of Darrow's most famous speeches have been included. The following speeches, keyed to the critical chapters, represent the core of Darrow's legal and public rhetoric: Speech in Self-Defense, 1912; Speech in Defense of Leopold and Loeb, 1924; Speech at Scopes Trial, 1925; Speech at Sweet Trial, 1926; Speech at Massie Trial, 1932; Eulogy of John P. Altgeld, 1902; and the Address to Prisoners in the Cook County Jail, 1902.
The back matter contains a chronological list of Darrow's speeches and addresses, a bibliography subdivided into appropriate categories, and a thorough index.