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School District Pulls To Kill a Mockingbird From Curriculum

The Biloxi School District pulls the American classic after complaints about wording

(Newser) - Eighth grade English teachers in Biloxi, Mississippi, will have to find a new book to teach this semester after the Biloxi School District abruptly pulled To Kill a Mockingbird from its curriculum last week. On Wednesday or Thursday, district administrators yanked the classic 1960 novel by Harper Lee after receiving... More »

Harper Lee Reveals What Ruined Friendship With Capote

In 2006 letter, she calls her longtime friend a 'compulsive' liar

(Newser) - In the soon-to-be published contents of a decade-old letter, Harper Lee accused her "oldest friend," Truman Capote, of being an inveterate liar who destroyed their friendship with his jealousy. Wayne Flynt, an Alabama historian and longtime friend of Lee's in his own right, is publishing a book... More »

Harper Lee Biographer Unearths Her Article on Killings

She wrote about 'Cold Blood' case for an FBI magazine, before Capote's book

(Newser) - Harper Lee's biographer has dug up another piece of writing by the late author, but this time it's a magazine article instead of a controversial novel . Charles Shields has concluded that Lee is the author of an unsigned article about the notorious Clutter family murders in Kansas that... More »

You Can Now Hear Harper Lee Discussing Her Famous Novel

'As charming and thoughtful as the novel that made her so famous'

(Newser) - Available only to scholars for decades, on the date of Harper Lee's death last week the UCLA Library Special Collections released what may be the only recorded interview of Lee talking about her most famous work, according to a press release . And while the transcript of her 1964 interview... More »

Harper Lee Writes the Nicest Rejection Letter

Plus, a look at the author's legacy in the wake of her death

(Newser) - Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird—which Today praises as "a single perfect novel that's still mandatory reading in schools more than five decades later"— passed away Friday at the age of 89. Here are six things you need to know about her life, her... More »

Harper Lee Dead at 89

Hometown sources confirm the story

(Newser) - Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is dead at the age of 89, multiple sources from her Alabama hometown tell AL.com . Lee, born in Monroeville as Nelle Harper Lee in 1926, moved to New York in 1949 and got a job as an airlines... More »

Aaron Sorkin Bringing To Kill a Mockingbird to Broadway

Adaptation of Harper Lee novel scheduled for 2017-2018 season

(Newser) - It's already been made into an Oscar-winning movie ; now To Kill a Mockingbird is being transformed into a Broadway production. The New York Times reports that Harper Lee's acclaimed 1960 novel will be adapted for the Great White Way by Aaron Sorkin, best known for his work on... More »

Parents Change Name of Son From Atticus

New Harper Lee novel changes their view of Mr. Finch

(Newser) - Lots of To Kill a Mockingbird fans are angry that the newly released Go Set a Watchman depicts their beloved Atticus Finch as a racist. For Colorado parents David and Christen Epstein, however, it was especially galling—they'd named their baby boy Atticus 14 months ago. Solution: They've... More »

Lawyer Defends Harper Lee's New Book, Hints at 3rd

Tonja Carter maintains she found 'Go Set a Watchman' manuscript last year

(Newser) - Harper Lee's lawyer is standing her ground after the New York Times cast doubt on the discovery of Go Set a Watchman , the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird out tomorrow. Though the Times suggested the manuscript was uncovered in the presence of Tonja Carter in 2011, she says... More »

The First Chapter of Harper Lee's New Book Is Here

It includes a 'bombshell' about Jem

(Newser) - Days before the official release of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman—a book surrounded by controversy —the Wall Street Journal has gotten a look at the first chapter. It begins with Jean Louise Finch, aka Scout and now in her twenties, having "turned from an overalled,... More »

Discovery of Harper Lee Book Sounds Fishier Now

Lawyer may have had it for years

(Newser) - Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman will be released on July 14, and the New York Times reports on another development that casts doubt on the supposedly chance discovery of the manuscript last year. It seems to have been found in 2011 and not, as Lee's attorney maintains,... More »

6 of Harper Lee's Personal Letters 'Trickle Out'

But they fail to sell at auction

(Newser) - The reclusive Harper Lee reportedly wrote to friends a lot in her younger days, but few letters have "trickled out" because of her desire for privacy, as the New York Times puts it. That changed today when six she wrote to friend Harold Caufield between 1956 and 1961—before... More »

Ala. Investigates Claim That Harper Lee Is Being Abused

Still much debate over author's competence

(Newser) - Harper Lee has been depicted as alternately obstinate , humiliated , and "happy as hell" since HarperCollins announced her second novel would be published —and now more red flags have popped up. Amid the debate over her mental competence, the state of Alabama has jumped into the fray to investigate... More »

Harper Lee Scrawls Response to Journo

Four words: Two are 'go away'

(Newser) - AL.com reporter Connor Sheets has been covering the controversy surrounding the upcoming release of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird sequel, and just over a week ago, he mailed the author a two-page letter on the matter. The letter came after "repeated attempts" to reach the 88-year-old,... More »

Harper Lee's Lawyer: She's 'Humiliated' by Controversy

Assisted-living worker says author is 'sharp as a tack'

(Newser) - As debate swirls over how much input Harper Lee had in a decision to publish a second novel, her lawyer and friend Tonja Carter—who found the text last summer—says the author is certainly capable of making the choice. In fact, Lee is "extremely hurt and humiliated" by... More »

Harper Lee: I'm Still 'Kicking,' 'Happy as Hell'

Author statement in wake of concern she's being taken advantage of

(Newser) - Harper Lee has apparently heard planet Earth's misgivings about her forthcoming novel and has this to say: "I’m alive and kicking and happy as hell with the reactions of Watchman," she says in a statement put out by publisher HarperCollins, as reported by the Wall Street ... More »

Red Flags Raised About Harper Lee's 2nd Novel

Questions emerge about publicity-shy author suddenly releasing book

(Newser) - The literature world rejoiced yesterday in hearing that Harper Lee would be publishing her reportedly long-lost second novel more than 50 years after To Kill a Mockingbird. But others aren't so sure everything's on the up-and-up, citing the author's notoriously publicity-shy nature, the recent death of her... More »

How a Christmas Gift Changed Harper Lee's Life

And those of generations of readers

(Newser) - If it hadn't been for a New York City couple, the world might never have seen To Kill a Mockingbird. Its author, Harper Lee, was a ticket agent for British Overseas Airways in 1956, and it was difficult for her to find time to write with a separate full-time... More »

Harper Lee Revives Lawsuit Against Hometown Museum

88-year-old 'Mockingbird' author says museum tried to change settlement

(Newser) - The author of one of the most respected courtroom dramas of all time will get her day in court after all. A federal judge has reinstated Harper Lee's lawsuit against the museum in her hometown that she contends illegally profits off To Kill a Mockingbird, the Washington Post reports.... More »

Harper Lee Battles Her Hometown's Tiny Museum

Files a lawsuit against the Monroe County Heritage Museum

(Newser) - Harper Lee is apparently as litigious as she is reclusive. The To Kill a Mockingbird author has, in the Guardian's words, "shocked" her hometown of Monroeville, Ala., by suing its local museum. The 87-year-old's accusation: that the nonprofit is making use of her fame without compensation. The... More »

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