According to the Alabama Academy of Honor Archives, Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama to Amasa Coleman and Frances Finch Lee. In the south, it is customary to be called by your middle name. Therefore, throughout the rest of this paper, Nelle Harper Lee will be referred to as Harper Lee.
Harper Lee went to college to become a lawyer. Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York where she worked as a reservations clerk for Eastern Airlines. Harper Lee was an avid writer who liked to write short stories. An agent reviewed her literary works and recommended that she compile her stories into a novel. Following his advice and having the support of her friends, ...view middle of the document...
They did not have a public library like we do now. It was not until she was much older she realizes black children were at a disadvantage because they did not have access to reading materials. To date, Harper Lee still spends her idle time reading books (Associated Press , 2006).
The article also states that Harper Lee stopped granting interviews 40 years ago. Additionally, there is no knowledge of Harper Lee publishing anything of great importance since her novel (Associated Press , 2006).
In Sep. 2010 Loretta Ellsworth wrote an article, “What harper lee taught me about writing and the writing life, she discusses her admiration for the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” ( (Ellsworth, 2010). Ms. Ellsworth liked the Harper Lee’s book so much she wrote a book about a girl whose favorite book was “To Kill a Mockingbird”,
…in a 1964 interview, [Harper Lee] said, “Writing is a process of self-discipline you must learn before you can call yourself a writer. There are people who write, but I think they’re quite different from people who must write” (Ellsworth, 2010).
Some takeaways she adopted in her writing are:
[…Take a cue from your personal experiences… include an element of surprise… don’t expect to get rich from your writing.] (Ellsworth, 2010).
I agree, these are very good points to consider for anyone with a desire to write. According to an article published in the New York Times on February 15, 1963, Bosley Crowther reviewed the film “To Kill a Mockingbird” Mr. Bosley Crowther had mixed reviews regarding the film (Crowther, 1963). He seemed to be drawn in by the sense of adventure, playfulness and curiosity depicted by the children’s characters. However, he expressed disappointment when the children were made aware of the fact Negro people were not...