Friday, February 19, 2016

Harper Lee Dies at 89

Author Harper Lee (most famous for To Kill a Mockingbird) died today a few months before her 90th birthday. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that is in almost every school's lesson plan, and gained a large following as it showed how terrible bigotry was in the American South. I think most people never realized she only wrote one novel until 2015's Go Set a Watchman which is the sequel to her 1960 classic. You have to admire a woman who can become a legend after just one book, not many people can say the same. 

11 comments:

  1. One of my favourite books of all time! May she rest in peace.

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  2. Adam !!!
    She didn't have to write another book, that one gained her fame and rewards.
    I have the DVD and the book.
    I know the book after I left high school/college at the end of 1960 that this book went into all libraries here and was a book that was on the subject list for the English Literature Classes - probably still is.
    A most remarkable novelist - or was it a novel?? Maybe just plain facts of life in still backward Alabama - thus non-fiction???
    On my many trips to friends in Atlanta, I was driven all over the State but at the borders of Alabama and Tennessee, that was the end of the trip.
    I just looked up Wikipedia - already her death has been recorded.
    A remarkable woman, a remarkable life - pity they threw away the mould.
    B J Hunnicut aka Colin
    PS: Wasn't this "Go Set a Watchman" the notes for the book, "To Kill A Mockingbird"?????

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  3. I thought I read the recently published book was written first and rejected by her editor. I loved the movie but didn't think all that much of the book.

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  4. I loved the book and the movie. My granddaughter Scout is named after Scout in the book.
    Haven't read the second book but I will.

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    1. Read the comments - the "second" was the the rejected first. Thus we got the classic!
      It was through the eyes of "Scout" that the story was told.
      Colin

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  5. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of America's great classics. But I wish her guardian had not published Go Set a Watchman. It diminishes her legacy, I think. Although marketed as a "sequel," it is in fact an early draft of Mockingbird which was not at all a good idea. At her publisher's urging, she reworked it into the classic it is today.

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  6. It's a sad, sad news every time someone brilliant leaves us. 2016 is like a year legends are dying; David Bowie, Alan Rickman. The year has only started.

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  7. Yes, some writers are not in it for quantity. It is still funny, though, that she didn't write anything else for such a long time.But some people have only one story to tell and that is far better than telling dozens of weak ones

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  8. A favorite movie of mine...of course, having Gregory Peck in it didn't hurt matters...all women my age were deeply in love with Mr. Peck. :)

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