Study Guide

The Firm

by John Grisham

The Firm Analysis

Literary Techniques

Grisham shifts narrative focus back-and-forth between Mitch and the firm. While not completely giving away the firm's background, Grisham...

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The Firm Ideas for Group Discussions

While an obvious context for discussing the novel is fiction about the law, a less obvious but equally interesting context is the treatment...

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The Firm Social Concerns

As his first success and as a title with over eleven million copies in print, Grisham's The Firm merits special consideration. A good...

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The Firm Literary Precedents

Doubleday's design for the novel's dust jacket, a man in a suit suspended by guide-wires against a marblelike background, recalls the symbol...

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The Firm Related Titles

As different as this novel is from A Time to Kill, a potentially fruitful discussion question is what does unite the two books, how...

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The Firm Adaptations

Paramount's 1993 film version of The Firm, directed by Sydney Pollock and scripted by David Rabe, Robert Towne, and David Rayfiel, met...

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The Firm Bibliography (Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Grisham, John. “The Rise of the Legal Thriller: Why Lawyers Are Throwing the Books at Us.” The New York Times Book Review 97 (October 18, 1992): 33. Grisham analyzes the rise of the “lawyer novel,” a phenomenon to which he has contributed as much as any author. He discusses the abiding fascination with the law of the reading public and how lawyers have turned to fiction in order to satisfy this interest. In addition to his own work, he considers that of other lawyers turned writers and their varying approaches.

Klinkenborg, Verlyn. “Law’s Labors Lost.” New Republic 210 (March 14, 1994): 32-38. Klinkenborg reviews five...

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