Lewis quotes Supreme Court (and Civil War veteran) justice Oliver Wendell Holmes on the central importance of protected speech. “Wild-eyed experiment is part of our system, I think we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to suppress opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death.”
For six decades Anthony Lewis has been exercising his First Amendment rights in public. He won his second Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the United States Supreme Court. Much of his career has been spent as a reporter, then columnist for The New York Times. He is a teacher as well as author. His wife, Margaret Hilary Marshall, is a former chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.