For the Beloved Harper Lee

Those who have read (most of us have) To Kill a Mockingbird, have fallen in love with the book, the characters in the story, especially the widely beloved, Atticus Finch and, of course, the author of the book, Harper Lee (1926-2016). Harper Lee was the name under which she published work, but her real name was Nelle Harper Lee.

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Nelle Harper Lee

Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960 and the book has since been regarded as a classic.

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To Kill A Mockingbird

 

To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in 1930s Alabama, and tells the story of lawyer Atticus Finch who defends Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of rape. The story was said to be inspired by events that Lee witnessed while growing up.

The book explores issues of race, class and the loss of innocence.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus Finch to Scout.

 

“It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.” Scout Finch.

Mockingbird not only won Lee a Pulitzer Prize in 1961, but also inspired the 1962 Academy Award-winning film starring Gregory Peck- a film that many believe to be one of the best ever made.

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Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird

Lee had maintained for a half-century that she would never write a second book. However, the manuscript for the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set A Watchman was discovered and published in 2015.

The book is set 20 years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird– although Lee actually wrote Go Set a Watchman first.

Watchman contains some of the same characters as Mockingbird, including Scout and her father Atticus Finch.

The book was surrounded with controversy though, especially the way the character of Atticus Finch was portrayed- a once beloved father, now a racist.

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Go Set A Watchman

Harper Lee was not only responsible for providing literature lovers everywhere with another classic, but for producing a book in a time-period of segregation that explicitly focused on racial inequality and class in the deep South.

She wrote a book which is extremely powerful, accessible and successful, and will be revered by people for a very long time. Harper Lee’s name will always be synonymous with what has long been seen as one of the great novels of all time, and her readers the world over will continue to love her.

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Nelle Harper Lee (April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016)

 

Purely out of the joy of sharing, here is a valued personal gift to all the fans of Harper Lee and the readers of OrdinaireMe. Download a free e-book copy of To Kill a Mockingbird from HERE (This copy is strictly for personal use and not for commercial use). And please do subscribe to OrdinaireMe.

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