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. 


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

  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"?????

  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.

  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.

    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.

  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.

  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.

  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

  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. :)