Download e-book for iPad: Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird (Writers and Their Works) by Andrew Haggerty

By Andrew Haggerty

This biography of author Harper Lee additionally describes her milieu and the legacy of her writing in addition to offering research of her seminal paintings, 'To Kill a Mocking Bird'.

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One extremely unusual exception was a brief interview with the New York Times in 2006. This marked a special occasion: an award ceremony at the University of Alabama for the best essay on To Kill a Mockingbird written by an Alabama high school student. In this interview she revealed that she had been attending these ceremonies since their inception in 2001, that she is quick-witted and has a sly sense of humor, and that she is genuinely moved by how young readers are inspired by her book. Lee may be reclusive, but she is hardly Boo Radley.

In such a climate the story of Atticus Finch’s doomed attempt to win justice for Tom Robinson was timely. The producers who took on the job were Alan Paluka and his partner Robert Mulligan, who would be the director as well. The screenwriter selected to turn the novel into a working script was the playwright Horton Foote, who also became close with Lee. ) The next step was to find a star willing to play Atticus. Lee initially wanted Spencer Tracy; other possibilities were Bing Crosby, Rock Hudson, and Robert Wagner.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent in charge of the investigation, later recalled that Lee made a first impression almost precisely the opposite of Capote’s. She was from a small town herself, and very much attuned to the rhythms and inclinations of smalltown life: she was at home in such an environment, while Capote was not, despite his own background. She struck people as down-to-earth, down-home, friendly, and honest, and was able to gain the confidence of the insiders and informants they needed to approach.

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