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In love with words


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54 says her European literature professor at Cornell was one of the greatest influences on her writing.

The professor? Vladimir Nabokov.

“He was a man who was in love with the sound of words – so he changed the way I read, the way I write,” Ginsburg said in a 2007 interview.

Her praise of Nabokov aired on a “Morning Edition” segment June 13 on NPR, featuring the justices talking about their different approaches to writing (a significant part of their jobs on the court), including their disdain for legalese and the importance of reading great literature when developing good writing skills.

Read more and listen to the segment here.


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