You gotta love people that pray on the elderly. :rolleyes: I’m glad the old gal is fighting back. Much like the characters in her book fought injustice.
Harper Lee has always been an enigma to me. She rarely gave interviews or made special appearances. Her association with Truman Capote is practically her only connection to the literary world. It’s a disappointment that she never published anything again.
The royalties must be significant. I’d guess that nearly every high school includes her book as required reading in English Lit.
SLIGHT TANGENT: Our daughter met her, at a rare public appearance at the U of Alabama (Roll, Tide!) library several years ago… and got her to sign a couple of copies of her book. So we have an autographed TKAM!
From what I can tell, she just didn’t like fame, and found the pressure to make another book to be too much. (She claimed to have started research on one, but that fell through.)She was always chronically shy, and didn’t like everyone hounding her.
And I’m quite impressed with her. She didn’t like fame, so she stopped doing what her famous, instead of going around whining about it.
Back in either Aught-Five or Aught-Six, when I was a reference librarian at the U. of AL, I helped her a couple of times. She was looking at 1940s Alabama public records. I had no idea who she was until somebody literally gasped; after that the bongo drums started, the dean of the libraries and other faculty members came to bow and do homage and a big deal was made, and she was very gracious, but didn’t come back. I don’t know if her research was done or if she just didn’t like being recognized.
TKAM was the only book we read during the Death March Through American and British Literature in high school that everyone in the class liked. That alone will keep it on my shelf forever (well, that and it being a ripping good yarn).
Someone should have warned the agent you don’t try to pull one over on a little old Southern lady. They’re wily.
TKAM is why I still call friends, be they male or female, celibate or promiscuous, a “whore lady!” when I’m frustrated with them. I’ve also been known to say “That was right smart of you Miss Mayella” when i feel they’re wanting too much credit for something. Drives them nuts.
I would love to see a miniseries of TKAM that stays closer to the book and doesn’t focus mostly on the rape trial. Most of my favorite characters (the new teacher, the old morphine addict, the white man with the biracial family, Atticus’s sister, etc.) who were dropped from the movie version.
My cousin just named his newborn son Atticus, btw. I understand there are many Atticuses and Scouts running around due to that book.
My favorite thing about the book is a conversation I was having with an old high school friend a couple of years ago. He asked me, “Summarize the plot of To Kill A Mocking Bird. What is the story about?”
And I thought for a moment and said, “it’s the story of how Scout’s brother broke his arm.” He shouted loudly, “I can’t believe it!!! No one ever gets that question right! They always go on about racism and the trial and whatnot.”
But yeah. A great story of how a kid broke his arm.