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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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News & Observer
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:07:30 -0700

STILLWATER, Okla. — Best-selling author Scott Turow will headline an annual speaker series at Oklahoma State University. The H. Louise and H.E. "Ed" Cobb Speaker Series is the largest fundraising event for the Friends of the OSU Library and includes a ...
 
Skiatookjournal (subscription)
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:11:15 -0700

STILLWATER – Best-selling author Scott Turow will headline the annual H. Louise and H.E. “Ed” Cobb Speaker Series on Nov. 14 at Oklahoma State University. The Cobb series is the largest fundraising event for the Friends of the OSU Library and includes ...

Above the Law

Above the Law
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:19:24 -0700

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metronews
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:59:15 -0700

Scott Turow est l'un des maîtres du thriller juridique. Auteur de neuf romans, il s'est fait connaître avec Présumé innocent, adapté au cinéma en 1990 avec Harrison Ford. Âgé de 65 ans, il a connu une première vie d'avocat bien remplie jusqu'au milieu ...
 
Chicago Tribune
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:58:28 -0700

"I have a hard time engaging in narrative summary," said Scott Turow, the best-selling author of literary legal thrillers. "I tend to move from scene to scene with almost everything dramatized. It's all dialogue. My characters can't spend a nice day in ...
 
New York Times
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 07:43:59 -0700

From Gracie Mansion to the Brooklyn docks, “The Big Crowd” is a “compelling imagined world,” our reviewer, Scott Turow, said. THE BULLY PULPIT: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
 
Chicago Sun-Times
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:20:45 -0700

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Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:33:45 -0700

Lucky for me though, in the years before sitting down to write, I'd done two useful things: I'd acquired a law degree and I'd read Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow. And somehow without my intending it, these two influences simmered in my subconscious ...
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