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I Biographical Insights John Grisham was born on February 8 1995 in the town of Jonesboro Arkansas His father was an emigrant construction worker so the family moved a lot In 1967 they came to Southhaven a little town outside Memphis John got an undergraduate degree in accounting at the Mississippi State University and after that he went to Lawschool at OLE Miss and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1981 After his graduation he returned to Southhaven to work as a lawyer He got himself a small office where he practiced criminal law John was also politically engaged and in 1983 he won the election the Mississippi House of Representatives He now started to work on his first book A Time to Kill which he later finished in 1987 This book was based on his own experience as a small-town lawyer but it wasnt a hit it is today John Grisham continued to practice law and he also started writing his second book The Firm His luck changed one day in 1990 when Paramount Pictures paid him 600000 for the rights to his new book and this happened even before a publisher accepted it The Firm was published in 1991 and stayed on the best-sellers lists for nearly a year In 1992 his third book The Pelican Brief was published and it became and enormous success At the same time A Time to Kill was republished and this time it became a best-selling book In 1993 The Client was published and The Chamber came the year after that His two most recent books are The Runaway Jury 1996 and The Partner 1997 All of his books are or will be movies five of them already are The Client The Pelican Brief The Firm A Time to Kill and The Chamber In 1990 he gave up his job as a lawyer and resigned his seat in the state Legislature to
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