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Readings on John Grisham

Auteur: Nancy Best
Uitgever: San Diego, Calif. : Greenhaven Press, 2003.
Serie: Greenhaven Press literary companion to contemporary authors.
Editie/Formaat:   Print book : Biografie : EngelsAlle edities en materiaalsoorten bekijken.
Biographical essay that traces the author's life and areer. Essays expressing diverse views cover the author's works, autobiographical insights, and areas outside of literature, including film, that he may have worked in.

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Genre/Vorm: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Genoemd persoon: John Grisham; John Grisham; John Grisham
Genre: Biografie, Internetbron
Soort document: Boek, Internetbron
Alle auteurs / medewerkers: Nancy Best
ISBN: 0737716657 9780737716658 0737716649 9780737716641
OCLC-nummer: 51477157
Beschrijving: 125 pages ; 23 cm.
Inhoud: Introduction --
John Grisham: A Biography --
Chapter 1: An Introduction to John Grisham and His Work --
1. Grisham's Novels Reflect His Personal Experience / Geoff Williams --
John Grisham had practiced law for three years when he heard a twelve-year-old girl testify against the man who raped her. Realizing that if it had been his daughter who was raped he would kill the perpetrator, Grisham began his first novel, A Time to Kill. Grisham has been trying cases in print ever since. --
2. Grisham's Novels Reflect His Christian Faith / Will Norton Jr. --
Grisham attributes his success to the fact that his novels are fast-paced, easy-to-read legal thrillers that are relatively clean. Grisham believes that fame is temporary, which is why he strives to live a normal life despite his success. --
3. The Factors Contributing to John Grisham's Commercial Success / Sean French --
Grisham writes simply plotted, easy-to-follow fiction. His style is flowing and his books have happy endings. These and other factors contribute to his commercial success. --
4. What Success Has Taught John Grisham / Michelle Bearden --
John Grisham has turned from rejection slips to megasales. He has three rules for developing a story: a beginning that grips readers and hooks them for a ride, a middle that sustains them with narrative tension, and an ending that sets them on the edges of their seats. --
5. John Grisham's Strategy for Writing Best-Sellers / Mel Gussow --
Grisham's success as a writer is due to more than just the content of his stories. He has also developed a process for writing his best-sellers. He starts with ideas from real-life cases. He works with a team of researchers and legal experts for background material, then outlines an entire novel before he begins writing. --
Chapter 2: John Grisham and the Genre of the Legal Thriller --
1. How Grisham Influences the Public's View of American Justice / Terry K Diggs --
In Grisham's stories, the legal system is presented as an ostacle to America's righting itself, and so his heroes often subvert the rules to win their battles. --
2. John Grisham's Heroes Have Moral Pluck / William H. Simon --
Though the emphasis of the American legal system is conservative adherence to the law, Grisham's stories feature heroes who bend or even subvert the law in order to achieve justice. --
3. Grisham's Inconsistent Position on Portrayals of Graphic Violence / Joel Black --
Grisham's stories often feature graphic scenes of violence, yet Grisham has publically condemned the violent portrayals in movie director Oliver Stone's work. --
Chapter 3: Themes and Issues in Grisham's Novels --
1. Idealism Versus Institutional Corruption / G. Thomas Goodnight --
In Grisham's novel, The Firm, the young protagonist Mitch McDeere must use all his intelligence to outwit not only his own corrupt law firm but also the FBI. In a time of increasing distrust of basic institutions, Grisham's heroes are idealistic individuals who are willing to battle the corruption of those institutions to survive. This is the root of their popular appeal. --
2. Grisham's Version of an Age-Old Formula / Martha Duffy --
Grisham's background both as the son of an itinerant construction worker and as a lawyer gives him his own take on an age-old formula: the little guy triumphing over the big guy. Rudy Baylor, protagonist of Grisham's novel The Rainmaker, is the scrambling young lawschool graduate who battles a giant insurance company. --
3. Grisham's Impossibly Noble Protagonists / James Bowman --
Grisham's novel The Street Lawyer features a protagonist who leaves a well-paying job to work for a legal clinic, betraying his wife's and his family's expectations for the future. Grisham's novels tend to be about impossibly noble characters who leave their careers to work for the poor, while Grisham becomes wealthy telling the stories of these self-sacrificing souls. --
4. Grisham Departs from His Usual Story Line / Malcolm Jones with Ray Sawhill and Corie Brown --
In his tenth novel, The Testament, Grisham's protagonist is a forty-eight-year-old attorney with a substance-abuse problem. The attorney, Nate O'Reilly is sent to the Brazilian back country to track down a missionary/heiress, a journey that turns into a spiritual quest. --
5. A Grisham Novel with No Lawyers / JeffZaleski --
John Grisham explains why he temporarily departed from the genre that made him so popular. His book The Painted House includes no lawyers. It is an accumulation of Grisham's old family stories. --
6. Grisham's Hero Faces a New Kind of Dilemma / David Corn --
Grisham's novel The Summons again breaks away from his usual populist formula of modern-day David and Goliath tales. Instead of fighting institutionalized corruption, this protagonist must deal with the moral dilemma of finding $3 million in cash. --
For Further Research --
Serietitel: Greenhaven Press literary companion to contemporary authors.
Andere titels: John Grisham
Verantwoordelijkheid: Nancy Best, book editor.
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Biographical essay that traces the author's life and areer. Essays expressing diverse views cover the author's works, autobiographical insights, and areas outside of literature, including film, that he may have worked in.


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