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Harper Lee

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Samantha Gottlieb

on 10 March 2014

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Transcript of Harper Lee

Truman Capote
Similarities between Harper Lee and Jean Louise Finch (Scout)
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
Girlscouts and Boyscouts
Lee and Finch
-Truman Capote was born Truman Steckfus Persons in New Orleans on September 30, 1924 to 17-year-old Lillie Mae Faulk and Archulus ("Arch") Persons, a dissolute salesman.
-his parents separated in 1928
-his stepfather was a Cuban businessman, Joe Capote (1933) and had later adopted his stepfather's surname
-schoolmate and neighbor, the young Truman Capote, who provided the base of the character of Dill in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
-was often neglected by his parents and left in the care of others
- Some of his most famous works include In Cold Blood in 1966 and Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1958. (the film Breakfast at Tiffany's had starred Audrey Hepburn)
-tomboyish Lee always protected Capote from boys who picked on him for the way he dressed and his lack of interests in common with them as well as his choice of fancy clothing
-both Lee and Capote had many differences, but shared a common thread of tough times at their homes
-Capote was abandoned by his mother and raised by his elderly aunts and cousins in Monroeville, Alabama
-Capote died from liver failure in California on August 24, 1984
Monday, February 10, 2014
*To Kill A Mockingbird*
Harper's childhood friend:
Little Miss Tomboy
Excess Facts About Harper Lee

Lee came from one of the 20th century’s richest literary schools, the American South.
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 (The characteristic of not leaving the house, being reclusive, is a sort of reminder similar to the Radley family; Mrs.Radley.) "When you passed by the Lee house, Mrs Lee would be sitting in a swing with just a stone face,’ said Mr Jones, ‘looking dead ahead, emotionless.’ Other neighbours recalled she would sometimes shout nonsensical invective at passers-by. "
Harper assured her agent in the early Sixties that she had started a new novel with the working title The Long Goodbye. It never appeared. According to Alice(Harper's older sister), the reason is that the manuscript was stolen by a ‘burglar’.
her childhood trauma was the foundation for this timless novel
She attended the Huntingdon College in Montgomery(focused on studying and writing and later on she attended the University of Alabama, where she studied Law from 1945 to 1949(hadn't finished)

Harper Lee
Lee's Childhood
-Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926, to Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch Lee.
- grew up in the small southwestern Alabama town of Monroeville.
-Lee was a tomboy and a precocious reader (gives away the fact that she used personal attributes to create the character of Scout)
-her mother suffered from mental illness, rarely leaving the house. It is believed that her mother may have had bipolar disorder
- her mother's personality and mannerisms appeared to be used as a base for Mrs.Dubose; bitter, alone and ill (mother suffered from depression andviolent mood swings)
-youngest of four children
•Lee was only five years old in when, in April 1931 in the small Alabama town of Scottsboro, the first trials began with regard to the purported rapes of two white women by nine young black men.
•The Scottsboro case left a deep impression on the young Lee, who would use it later as the rough basis for the events in To Kill a Mockingbird
- her mother's personality and mannerisms appeared to be used as a base for Mrs.Dubose; bitter, alone and ill (mother suffered from depression andviolent mood swings)
-Her father, A.C.(Amasa Coleman) Lee, a local attorney who owned the town's newspaper The Monroe Journal. {sounds very similar to the character Mr.Underwood who owned the Maycomb Tribune}

To Kill A Mockingbird, The One & (L)only
Professional Life/Career
Elder Years
-suffered a stroke in 2007
-lives in her hometown currently in an assisted living facility
-become a bit reclusive in some ways
-people cannot mention "The Book" to her/around her
-sued Monroe County Heritage Museum for using her name and her book without compensating her
-dealt with another lawsuit with ex publisher, Samuel Pinkus because she believed to have been cheated out of royalties from her novel
-always declines to make an appearance and speech when invited to social events and award ceremonies

-up to date, TKAM has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and has been reprinted in 40 languages.
- Harper Lee earns roughly $1.7 million every six months in royalties from her book sales. That's $3.4 million per year (many sources said various net worth amounts, but some were around the same ranges)
-To Kill A Mockingbird was first published in 1960
-The book was made into a movie in 1962
-won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961
-Lee has also won the Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (1961), the Alabama Library Association Award (1961), Bestsellers Paperback of the Year Award (1962), and additional designations such as a Literary Guild selection, a Reader's Digest condensed book selection, and an alternate for the Book of the Month Club. In 2002 Lee received the Alabama Humanities Award from the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
-She worked on two other books but never completed them

-both never cared about how they dressed and appearances in total
-both were very bright and outspoken
-both were very sensitive and were willing to defend themselves from people who weren't empathic towards them
-both had their close visiting/lifelong friends, for Lee it was Truman Capote and for Scout it was Dill Harris
-close to their brothers
-loved to read
-both were tomboys
-like Scout, Harper Lee attended the public grammar school and developed an interest in the world of make-believe and writing.
-their fathers were both Southern lawyers
-both of their fathers defended racially prejudiced "rape" cases
-both favored the company of boys as opposed to girls
-both championed those who were not always socially accepted
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