Fiction. Fortieth anniversary edition with a new preface by the author. A best-selling book and award-winning film and television series, THE PAPER CHASE is at its heart the story of a young Midwesterner, James Hart, who finds himself in the great classrooms of Langdell Hall at Harvard Law School, locked in a zero-sum game with a dominating, omniscient deity: Professor Kingsfield, who asks not just for the student's mind, but for his soul. You quail at the exams, exult when you know the answers, love-hate Professor Kingsfield. It is also a love story that is as contemporary today as it was when the book was written, of a boy from the Midwest and a mysterious and demanding professor's daughter, who refuses to accept accepted wisdom or role models and demands from Hart a love that transcends law school and conventional norms.
John Osborn grew up in San Francisco, attended local schools and then went to Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He worked at a large Wall Street law firm, leaving to become a law professor, most recently at the University of San Francisco School of Law. He worked on the movie and television show made from his novel THE PAPER CHASE and on the television show made from his novel The Associates, as well as numerous other entertainment projects. He is the author of many articles on legal education. Robert Clark, former Dean of The Harvard Law School, has said, "THE PAPER CHASE is one of the most important books ever written about legal education in the United States." Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA