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For Polish place names, see Turów (disambiguation).
Scott Turow, January 2008

Scott Frederick Turow[1] (born April 12, 1949) is an American author and a practicing lawyer. Turow has written nine fiction and two nonfiction books, which have been translated into over 40 languages and have sold over 30 million copies.[2] Movies have been based on several of his books.

Life and career[edit]

Turow was born in Chicago, to a family of Russian Jewish descent.[3] He attended New Trier High School, and graduated from Amherst College in 1970, as a Brother of the Alpha Delta Phi Literary Society.[citation needed] He received an Edith Mirrielees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, where he attended from 1970 to 1972. In 1971, he married Annette Weisberg, a painter. They divorced 35 years later.

Scott Turow later became a Jones Lecturer at Stanford, serving until 1975, when he entered Harvard Law School. In 1977, Turow wrote One L, a book about his first year at law school. After earning his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1978, Turow became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, serving in that position until 1986. There he prosecuted several high-profile corruption cases, including the tax fraud case of state Attorney General William Scott. Turow also was lead counsel in Operation Greylord, the federal prosecution of Illinois judicial corruption cases.

After leaving the U.S. Attorney's office, Turow became a novelist, beginning to write legal thrillers starting with Presumed Innocent,The Burden of Proof, Pleading Guilty, and Personal Injuries, which Time magazine named as the Best Fiction Novel of 1999. All four became bestsellers, and Turow won multiple literary awards, most notably the Silver Dagger Award of the British Crime Writers' Association.

In these Kindle County novels, many of the characters appear in more than one book. The state is unspecified, but the books tell that the county contains a tri-city conglomerate on the Kindle River, a river that flows eventually into the Mississippi, somewhere between Chicago and New Orleans [Burden of Proof Chapter 3]; compare the "Quad Cities" on the Mississippi, originally Davenport IA, Rock Island IL, Moline IL, and East Moline IL, but now also including Bettendorf IA. There are also some similarities with the Twin Cities on the Mississippi, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Like the Twin Cities, the Tri-Cities are part of a conurbation of about three million people, and the predominant political party there is the Democratic Farmers-and-Union Party (DFU), whose name resembles that of the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) in Minnesota.

In 1990, Turow was featured on the June 11 cover of Time, which described him as "Bard of the Litigious Age".[4] In 1995, Canadian author Derek Lundy published a biography of Turow, entitled Scott Turow: Meeting the Enemy (ECW Press, 1995). In the 1990s a British publisher bracketed Turow’s work with that of Margaret Atwood and John Irving, republished in the series Bloomsbury Modern Library.

Turow was elected the president of the Authors Guild in 2010[5] and was previously president from 1997 to 1998.[citation needed] As the Authors Guild president he has been criticized for his copyright maximalist and anti-ebook stance.[6] Turow has often responded that he is not against E-books and does the majority of his own reading electronically. His goal, he said often, is to protect writing as a livelihood.[7]

From 1997 to 1998 Turow was a member of the U.S. Senate Nominations Commission for the Northern District of Illinois, which recommends federal judicial appointments. In 2011, Turow met with Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig to discuss political reform including a possible Second Constitution of the United States; according to one source, Turow saw risks with having such a convention, but believed that it may be the "only alternative" given how campaign money has undermined the one-man-one-vote principle of democracy.[8]

Turow is a partner of the international law firm Dentons having been a partner of one of its constituents, the Chicago law firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Turow works pro bono in most of his cases, including a 1995 case where he won the release of Alejandro Hernandez, who had spent 11 years on death row for a murder he did not commit. He was also appointed to the commission considering the reform of the Illinois death penalty by former Governor George Ryan. He was the first Chair of Illinois' Executive Ethics Commission. He served as one of the 14 members of the Commission appointed in March, 2000, by Illinois Governor George Ryan to consider reform of the capital punishment system.[2] Turow also served as a member of the Illinois State Police Merit Board 2000-2.

Books[edit]

Turow at the Miami Book Fair International, 1993

Fiction[edit]

Non-fiction[edit]

Reception[edit]

His non-fiction work Ultimate Punishment also received the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights 2003 Book award given annually to a novelist who "most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy's purposes - his concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity."[10]

Films[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scott Frederick Turow". Cookcountyclerk.com. 1949-12-04. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  2. ^ a b scottturow.com bio
  3. ^ Scott Turow: a critical companion - Andrew F. MacDonald, Gina Macdonald - Google Books. Books.google.ca. 1949-04-12. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  4. ^ "Burden of Success". TIME (Time Inc.) 135 (24). 1990-06-11. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  5. ^ http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/scott-turow-elected-president-of-the-authors-guild/?src=busln
  6. ^ "Authors Guild's Scott Turow: The Supreme Court, Google, Ebooks, Libraries & Amazon Are All Destroying Authors". Techdirt. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  7. ^ CBS This Morning October 16, 2013
  8. ^ JAMES WARREN of The Chicago News Cooperative (December 10, 2011). "Let’s Do Something About Privilege, Donors, Corporations and the Constitution". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  9. ^ "Hard Listening". 
  10. ^ . RFKcenter.org http://rfkcenter.org/book-award?lang=en.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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Chicago Tribune
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:11:15 -0800

13: Scott Turow will discuss the rights of authors in the digital age. The program will be presented by the Society of Midland Authors in collaboration with Chicago Public Library. 6 p.m., Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., chipublib ...

PGH City Paper

PGH City Paper
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:03:45 -0800

After graduating from West Virginia University, he hung with Richard Brautigan in San Francisco, then gained a prestigious Stegner Fellowship at Stanford in 1972, alongside future luminaries Raymond Carver and Scott Turow. He began teaching creative ...
 
Washington Post
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 06:09:44 -0800

... quasi-fictional account of law school that I have read (even though much of it is immediately post-law school). I would compare it favorably to “Brush With the Law,” Lauren Willig's “Two L,” and even Scott Turow's “One L” (which is at this point ...
 
Nashville Scene
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 05:02:52 -0700

Perhaps best known for his best-selling novel Presumed Innocent, Turow has written plenty since and besides, including nine novels and two non-fiction books. In recent years, as president of the Writers Guild, Turow has publicly discussed the evolving ...
 
Nashville Scene
Thu, 06 Nov 2014 02:14:40 -0800

With nine bestselling novels and two books of nonfiction, Scott Turow, recipient of the 10th annual Nashville Public Library Literary Award, has proven himself a master of the legal thriller. His latest novel, Identical, explores questions of betrayal ...

MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.com
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:37:30 -0800

What was the Sergio Leone movie Mailer worked on? (Once Upon a Time in America) And the title of his “moonshot book”? (Of a Fire on the Moon) And the Scott Turow novel he declined to blurb? (Presumed Innocent) And the Tom Wolfe novel he trashed?
 
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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:03:45 -0800

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Chicago Tribune
Tue, 27 May 2014 18:41:15 -0700

Author Scott Turow: “To me, the current situation proves that the Justice Department's view was wrong and Amazon is not strictly interested in low prices for consumers. They are interested in using their market power to their own advantage and to pad ...
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