Saturday, April 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, Harper Lee!

We all know and love Harper Lee as the writer of To Kill a Mockingbird.  If you are interested in her biography and her influence on contemporary authors, I highly recommend the documentary Hey Boo and Charles Shield's very readable biography Mockingbird.  To whet your appetite, here are a few little known facts about Ms. Lee.

  • A rough-and-tumble child, Harper Lee frequently defended her less rambunctious friend Truman Capote in the schoolyard.
  • Harper Lee’s mother was Frances Cunningham Finch. Lee uses all three of her mother’s names for characters in To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • She studied for a law career, but in 1950 headed to New York to embark on a life of writing.
  • Because she writes so slowly, Lee has referred to herself as "more a rewriter than a writer."
  • Lee is reportedly working on her memoirs (fingers crossed!)

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