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AbstractThe book is a critical study of the works of the italian criminal lawyer Genuzio Bentini. His most significant work, "Advice to a young lawyer (words in his ear), Naples 1935", is a compendium of ethical standards and eloquence for young lawyers. The model of "eloquence syncopated" illustrated by Bentini - in line with the renewal of formal and thematic literary style of the twentieth century - repudiated the classical rigid schematism and was characterized by the concise style that reflected the 'imperatoria brevitas' professed by Fascism. He also published an essay of forensic psychology entitled "Le macchie sulla toga" (Naples 1927) in which there are clear influences of the "positive school". He wrote also numerous speeches and minor writings appeared in magazines La Toga and L´Eloquenza.