John Grisham: A Biography

by James Fenimore

What's in the book?

The life and times of John Grisham, in one convenient little book.

    • Introduction
    • Background and Upbringing
    • Emergence of a Writer
    • Personal Life
    • Recent News
    • Grisham Quotes
    • Grisham Facts and Trivia

Description

ABOUT THE BOOK

John Grisham is one of the most successful American authors of our time. He has become world-famous for his extensive list of fictional legal thrillers that keep readers on the edge of their seats and always wanting more. He is one of only three authors (along with Tom Clancy and J.K. Rowling) to sell over two million copies on a first printing. His very first bestseller The Firm, published in 1991, eventually sold an impressive seven million copies. Only two short years after the book's release (but before it was officially published), the rights to the screenplay were sold and The Firm hit the box office. The film and book were wildly successful, with the book holding a place on The New York Times bestseller list for 47 consecutive weeks and the film bringing in over $270 million. As if the film and book were not successful enough, a Canadian TV series has been created based on an adaptation of the story and began airing in 2012.

MEET THE AUTHOR

James Fenimore is an experienced writer and a member of the Hyperink Team, which works hard to bring you high-quality, engaging, fun content. Happy reading!

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

While attending the dramatic trial of a 12-year-old girl who had been violently raped and beaten, Grisham had his first powerful inspiration. He was profoundly affected by the tears of the jurors as they considered the evidence regarding the harsh violation of this poor young girl, and he wondered if he could convey that sorrow in writing.

With this, Grisham decided to write his first fictional novel. It would tell the story of what would have happened had the girl's father murdered her assailants. Only three years later, the book was complete and A Time To Kill was printed. At first, the book was not well received by the publishing community. In total, 28 publishers refused to print the book, but the author persisted. He eventually found a small-time operation called Wynwood Press that agreed to print an initial 5,000 copies in 1989. The books were sold to booksellers directly by Grisham himself and eventually a few sales were made.



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