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John Grisham

John Grisham is a best-selling author who specializes in modern legal dramas. Born in the small town of Southaven, Mississippi, Grisham received a degree in accounting from Mississippi State University and, subsequently, his J.D. degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He practiced small-town law in Southaven for almost a decade. In 1983, he was elected to the Mississippi state House of Representatives where he served until 1990. During this period, in his spare time, he began work on his first novel, A Time to Kill, published in 1988. His second novel, The Firm, became the bestselling novel of 1991. He has continued to publish one bestseller after another including The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Runaway Jury, The Rainmaker and The Chamber, which have been turned into successful motion pictures as has his original screenplay The Gingerbread Man.

Other best-selling novels include The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Brethren, The Testament, The Summons and The King of Torts. There are currently 60 million copies of Grisham novels in print worldwide in 29 different languages.

Starting with A Painted House and Skipping Christmas, Grisham has demonstrated fictional scope beyond legal thrillers. The former, a tale of the rural South, was turned into a TV movie directed by Alfonso Arau (Like Water for Chocolate).

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children in Mississippi and Charlottesville, Virginia.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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John Grisham Facts

Birth Name John Grisham Jr.
BirthdayFebruary 8, 1955 (68)
BirthplaceJonesboro, Arkansas, USA

Selected Filmography

The Firm
John Grisham's The Rainmaker
The Chamber
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The Client
The Pelican Brief
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