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harper lee research presentation

harper lee's life,education,interest, inspiration for novel, my connections to novel

kimber triplett

on 4 June 2010

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Harper Lee
harper lee's life Born Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama
The youngest of four children, she grew up as a tomboy in a small town. Her father was a lawyer, a member of the Alabama state legislature, and also owned part of the local newspaper
For most of Lee’s life, her mother suffered from mental illness, rarely leaving the house. It is believed that she may have had bipolar disorder.

Harper Lee life (continue) Harper Lee is mostly known for writing the Pulitzer Prize winning best seller "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1960). It is her one and only novel she wrote.
One of her closest childhood friends was another writer to be, Truman Capote (then he was known as Truman Persons).
Harper was tougher than many of the boys; she often stepped up to serve as Truman’s protector. Truman, who shared few interests with boys his age because he was picked on for being a sissy and for the fancy clothes he, wore.
The two friends were very different, they both shared in having difficult home lives. Truman was living with his mother’s relatives in town after being abandoned by his own parents.
Harper Lee's Education Lee studied first at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama (1944-45), and then pursued a law degree at the University of Alabama (1945-49). She spending one year abroad at Oxford University, England,Wellington Square.
Six months before finishing her studies, she went to New York to pursue a literary career.
She worked as an Airline reservation clerk with Eastern Air Lines and British Overseas Airways during the 1950s.
In 1959 Lee accompanied Truman Capote to Holcombe, Kansas, as a research assistant for Capote's classic 'non-fiction' novel In Cold Blood (1966).

Harper Lee's interests Harper Lee's interests apart from writing are:
watching politicians
and being alone.
In high school, Lee developed an interest in English literature.
Harper Lee's inspiration for novel The novel had its origins in Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama-the small, Southern town that the fictional Maycomb is based upon.
Her father's unsuccessful defense of a black man and his son accused of murder, in addition to the Scottsboro Boys trials and another notorious interracial rape case, helped to shape Lee's budding social conscience and sense of a dramatic story.
Along with his legal practice, Lee's father published and edited the town newspaper.
His regard for the written word impacted Lee's sensibility as surely as his respect for the law.
Lee would name her idealized vision of her father after Titus Pomponius Atticus, a friend of the Roman orator Cicero renowned as, according to Lee, "a wise, learned and humane man."
For a long time, Lee called her work in progress Atticus. This arguably marked an improvement over her first title, Go Set a Watchman, but once she fastened on To Kill a Mockingbird she did not look back.
Lippincott finally published the book on July 11, 1960, by which time an unprecedented four national mail-order book clubs had already selected it for their readers. The first line of the Washington Post's review echoed many similar notices that praised the novel for its moral impact: "A hundred pounds of sermons on tolerance, or an equal measure of invective deploring the lack of it, will weigh far less in the scale of enlightenment than a mere 18 ounces of new fiction bearing the title To Kill a Mockingbird."
Eighty weeks later, the novel still perched on the hardcover
bestseller list. During that time, it had won the Pulitzer Prize for
fiction and the hearts of American readers. One can't help
wondering how literary history might have been different had
Harper Lee thrown her manuscript out the window on a slightly
windier night.
Harper Lee's inspiration for novel (continue) Harper Lee's inspiration for novel (continue) My connections to the novel My connections to the novel is how it was back then . Where blacks didnt have it like whites did. In court the jury would believe a poor bad-minded white person before they would believe a level minded black person. Things have changed now. Today blacks and whites are equal.There is rarely any racism . Whites and blacks get along andthey have conversation. They are friends .
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