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John Grisham – American Novelist, Attorney, Politician and Activist


The book’s power is the information it gives. However, it is the thrilling aspect that humanity cannot do without and the enlightenment it brings to the soul. Thankfully, the world has witnessed different authors who have done a great job thrilling society with fascinating books that will be remembered for years.

Today’s story is about John Grisham John Ray Grisham Jr., born February 8, 1955, an American novelist, attorney, politician, and activist, best known for his popular legal thrillers. Grisham is the second of five siblings, was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to Wanda and John Ray Grisham. He attended the Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Mississippi, and later attended Delta State University in Cleveland. Grisham graduated from Mississippi State University in 1977, receiving a B.S. degree in accounting. He later enrolled in the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he graduated in 1981 with a J.D. degree.

One of the significant challenges of John Grisham was finding the right thing to engage in, his engagement into series of work nearly confused him, but he was patient. As a teenager, he worked at a plant nursery, later promoted to a fence crew for $1.50 an hour. Next, he took a job with a plumbing contractor, later as a highway asphalt crew in Mississippi. His first book, “A Time to Kill,” was rejected by 28 publishers, and he had to give it to an unknown publisher.

Indecision and rejections are part of what reshape individuals with potentials. However, some events help us get our decisions right and put us on the right path.

He began to rise to fame in his practice as a lawyer. After practicing for over ten years, he contested and won election as a Democrat to the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1984 to 1990, at an annual salary of $8,000 representing the seventh district, including DeSoto County. During his second term in the Mississippi state legislature, he became more popular upon his appointment as the vice-chairman of the Apportionment and Elections Committee and a member of several other committees.

His eureka moment finally arrived with the success of his second book, The Firm, which made him gave up practicing law. He returned briefly in 1996 to fight for the family of a railroad worker who was killed on the job. He made it clear on his official website that he was honoring a commitment made before retiring from the law to become a full-time writer. He successfully argued the case that earned them a jury award of $683,500. It was the biggest verdict of his career.

He made more money when his second book, “The Firm,” was made into a film that starred Tom Cruise, which was released in June 1993 and grossed $270 million. Another popular book of his title, The Pelican Book, was also used for a movie; it starred Julia Roberts and Denzel Washinton and grossed $185 million. The film’s success earned him $2.25 million from Regency Enterprises, while Universal Pictures paid him $3.75 million for an unpublished novel of his The Chambers. His first book, “A Time to Kill,” which was rejected, would later earn him $6 million from New Regency after a movie was proposed. Other books he wrote, such as The Firm, The Rainmaker, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, and others, have also received positive ratings among critics. John Grisham will forever be remembered as an author who did his writing in his way.


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