To Kill A Mockingbird

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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 »

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 »

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. Agency: Harper Lee Aware of New Book

Securities Commission says author 'able to answer questions ... to our satisfaction'

(Newser) - Alabama investigators looked into whether the recent deal to publish Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird sequel involved financial fraud, but they've closed the inquiry, a state official said yesterday. Alabama Securities Commission Director Joseph Borg said his agency sent an investigator to speak with Lee because the... 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'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 »

Harper Lee Is Publishing Her 2nd Novel

'Go Set a Watchman' features Scout as an adult

(Newser) - To Kill a Mockingbird will not be Harper Lee's only published book after all. Publisher Harper announced today that Go Set a Watchman, a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14. Rediscovered last fall, Go Set a Watchman is... 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's Sister, Alice, Dead at 103

Alice Lee was long-practicing lawyer in their home state of Alabama

(Newser) - Alice Lee, the sister of the famous To Kill a Mockingbird author and an influential Alabama lawyer and church leader in her own right, has died. Johnson Funeral Home in Monroeville, the south Alabama home of Alice and Harper Lee, has posted an online notice saying Lee died yesterday. No... 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 »

Harper Lee Sues Agent Over To Kill a Mockingbird

Author says he tricked her into signing over copyright

(Newser) - Atticus! Harper Lee has sued her former literary agent, claiming that he tricked her into signing over the rights and royalties of To Kill a Mockingbird, reports Reuters . The 87-year-old author alleges that Samuel Pinkus, the son-in-law of her late longtime agent, pulled a fast one on her while she... More »

8 Famous Books Still Only on Paper

Including 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and 'Catcher in the Rye'

(Newser) - The e-book market has spiked from 0.6% in 2008 to 6.4% in 2010, or $878 million in sales, yet you still won't be able to find certain hugely popular books in the new format. The Street rounded up a list of eight classics that can be found... More »

Harper Lee: I Had Nothing to Do With Book About Me

'To Kill a Mockingbird' author refutes memoir author's claims

(Newser) - Penguin just acquired a memoir that promises to bring you into the life of famously reclusive author Harper Lee, and even reveal why she never wrote another novel after To Kill a Mockingbird. Just one problem: Lee, who has not given a public interview in 45 years, says she had... More »

Stop Picking On Harper Lee, Mockingbird

This is not a 'simple book'

(Newser) - To Kill a Mockingbird is 50 years old now, and it's fashionable these days for snooty critics to bash the novel as as simplistic and author Harper Lee as overrated, complains Jenna Sauers of Jezebel . (Here's an example from today's Wall Street Journal.) Lay off. This is not a... More »

Boyle's Now a Prisoner of Her Own Fame

Singer can't fade into obscurity like author Harper Lee

(Newser) - It's been exactly 1 year since Susan Boyle's star-making turn on Britain's Got Talent , and the singer is now crazy famous—but she doesn't seem to be enjoying it much. Friends say Boyle's suffered a breakdown and doesn't enjoy her celebrity, writes Ben Macintyre for the Times of London . She... More »

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