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The facts are not in doubt, and may be stipulated: born and brought up in Mississippi; graduated from Ole Miss, where he taught classics for two years; a Rhodes Scholar who studied to advantage with Holdsworth and Brierly; a Sterling Fellow and J.S.D. during vintage times at Yale. His youthful frolic in the classics aside, McDougal's whole working career (thus far at any rate) has been rooted in the Yale Law School, save for a lively apprenticeship (1931-1934) at the Law School of the University of Illinois and a season in the foreign affairs bureaucracy during World War II. His wartime experiences shifted the focus of his immediate concern from the law of real property, which he called Land-Use Planning, to international law, which he identifies as the Public Order of the World Community. Now Mac has reached Yale's retirement age, and he becomes Emeritus, at the peak of his creativity.

The facts, however, do not begin to suggest the magnitude of the task of accounting for the phenomenon of Myres Smith McDougal.

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