Last Days of Night OverviewThe Last Days of Night by Graham Moore is a historical fiction novel set in late nineteenth century New York City, amid the legal battles being fought over the patent for the electric bulb. When the novel opens, Thomas Edison has gained fame and fortune as the official inventor of the light bulb. However, a young lawyer named Paul Cravath is employed by Edison's rival, George Westinghouse, to challenge this claim. Paul's legal expertise, loyalty, and ability to connect with key people in New York society, are put to the ultimate test, as he navigates the ruthless world of patent law. He is forced to question the true meaning of invention. He must decide just how far he is willing to go and what - and whom - he is prepared to sacrifice in order to win. Themes explored in the novel include invention, the development of connections, and deception.
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