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Scott Turow, January 2008

Scott Frederick Turow[1] (born April 12, 1949) is an American author and lawyer. Turow has written nine fiction and two nonfiction books, which have been translated into over 40 languages and 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]

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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Boston Globe (subscription)

Boston Globe (subscription)
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:37:30 -0700

Among those participating in the three-day event are Scott Turow (“Presumed Innocent”), Anita Diamant (“The Red Tent”), Azar Nafisi (“Reading Lolita in Tehran”), Ishmael Beah (“A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier”), Pulitzer Prize-winning poet ...

Politico

Politico
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:48:45 -0700

Writer Scott Turow once said being at Harvard Law School meant “feeling like you were playing an unwinnable game of king of the hill.” For some African-Americans— just 10 percent of the student population—the hill seemed still steeper. Yet friends ...

Standard-Examiner

Standard-Examiner
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:00:00 -0700

With the opening 100 or so pages, Julander has created an entertaining, in a Scott Turow type of way, legal mystery. One strong scene has Mike's lawyers discussing the various pros and cons of a sleepwalking defense in his murder case. Another strong ...

Daily Journal Online

Daily Journal Online
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:45:00 -0700

The book features contributions from the "usual suspects," including such luminaries as Mary Higgins Clark, Scott Turow and James Patterson. It is filled with great snippets of information. For example, the literary term "red herring," used to denote a ...

Mail Tribune

Mail Tribune
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:36:59 -0700

Contributors include Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark, Harlan Coben, Nelson DeMille, Gillian Flynn, Sue Grafton, Charlaine Harris, James Patterson, Louise Penny, Scott Turow, and many more. — Quirk Books. FOOD QUIZ ANSWER. A. China is the leading ...

Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:15:00 -0700

I'd read John Grisham, Scott Turow, and Robert Traver, and had a foolish idea I'd learn the law, use what I'd learned to write successful legal thrillers, and never have to worry about practicing. There was also an element of irrational bargaining ...

FIU News

FIU News
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:09:47 -0700

“Michael Ondaatje's body of work is acclaimed by critics and has also achieved a wide popular following,” said Les Standiford, director of the FIU Creative Writing Program. “His novel, The English Patient, won the Booker Prize, and the film adaptation ...

Arizona Daily Star (blog)

Arizona Daily Star (blog)
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:34:43 -0800

Best-selling authors Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Sam Barry, Scott Turow, Ridley Pearson, Alan Zweibel and Greg Iles, and couple of ringer musicians, including drummer Josh Kelly and Albom's singer/actress wife, Janine Sabino Albom, will give a ...
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