After years of research, Shields has brought to life the warmhearted, high-spirited, and occasionally hardheaded woman who created two of American literatures most unforgettable characters--Atticus Finch and his daughter, Scout.After years of research, Shields has brought to life the warmhearted, high-spirited, and occasionally hardheaded woman who created two of American literatures most unforgettable characters--Atticus Finch and his daughter, Scout.Read Less
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Harper Lee's 1961 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, has prevailed as a beloved work of classic American literature since its publication in 1960; in which it remained on the New York Times Best Seller List for over fourty weeks. Initial reviews praised Harper Lee's "prose" that enabled her to depict a Depression era, racially biased issue. Her story is both told and seen from the view point of "Scout," aged six to eight years old. While she brings closure to the story when young "Scout" gains understanding of the characters "Tom" and "Boo" by making the statement, "Well, it'd be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?" ... She left reader's everywhere with a mystery. Our beloved Harper Lee. What happened? Mr. Shields has given us some information. I am grateful to him and Ms. Harper Lee for what I know.
Aug 27, 2007
The story behind the classic
Not only does Charles Shields do a magnificent job of introducing many of us to the mysterious woman behind the Mockingbird he also gives us exciting glimpses of her friendship and collaboration with Truman Capote.This wonderful biography with its compelling figures reads like a novel , yet at the same time the author has not forgotten that he is writing about real people. Nell Harper fiercely guarded her privacy and never had another novel published; Mr. Shields seeks to answer those among other questions while providing us with an excellent read.
Jun 21, 2007
Harper and Capote ...a love/hate relationship
Remember how magical you felt reading "to Kill a Mockingbird". How you wanted to explore the town, spy on the neighbors and hang out with the lead character? Well, this book let's you meet and experience Harper Lee and Truman Capote in real life! Those two grew up together and Ms. Lee used their childhood personalities as lead characters in her Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Boy, was Truman jealous... Read about these two complicated but delightful adults. See, you CAN go home again!
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