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Harper Lee - Author

About the Author

Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28 1926 in Monroeville Alabama, a city of about 7,000 people in Monroe County, which has about 24,000 people. Monroeville is in southwest Alabama, about halfway between Montgomery and Mobile.

She is the youngest of four children of Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Finch Lee. Harper Lee attended Huntingdon College 1944-45, studied law at University of Alabama 1945-49, and studied one year at Oxford University. In the 1950s she worked as a reservation clerk with Eastern Air Lines and BOAC in New York City.

In order to concentrate on writing Harper Lee gave up her position with the airline and moved into a cold-water apartment with makeshift furniture. Her father's sudden illness forced her to divide her time between New York and Monroeville, a practice she has continued.

In 1957 Miss Lee submitted the manuscript of her novel to the J. B. Lippincott Company. She was told that her novel consisted of a series of short stories strung together, and she was urged to re-write it. For the next two and a half years she re-worked the manuscript with the help of her editor, Tay Hohoff, and in 1960 To Kill a Mockingbird was published, her only published book. On May 29 1961 the Alabama Legislature passed a resolution to congratulate Miss Lee on her success. That year she had two articles published: Love--In Other Words in Vogue, and Christmas To Me in McCalls. "Christmas To Me" is the story of Harper Lee receiving the gift of a year's time for writing from friends. When Children Discover America was published in 1965.

In June of 1966, Harper Lee was one of two persons named by President Johnson to the National Council of Arts. Also named to the 26 member council was artist Richard Diebenkorn Jr.

In the same year, on November 28th, Truman Capote held his fabulous and flawless Black and White Dance in honour of Katherine Graham. In Cold Blood had been published in January, with its dedication to Jack Dunphy and Harper Lee. The 480 invitations included one to her.

Featured books by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

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Author: Harper Lee Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/06/2010

Voted by the reading public as the most popular title to be given away as part of World Book Night 2012. Chosen by April 2011 Guest Editor Sharon Dogar: "A master class in how to write fictionalised memoir. Place, time and character are all brilliantly put together to make a story that grips, entertains and gently informs. I was completely at one with Scout in not seeing the point of going to school. I could already read, so what else would I ever need? I first read it when I was about twelve. As I grow and re-read it, so my love and understanding of each character changes. It has my favourite piece of dialogue ever. When Jem offers old Mrs Maud a piece of gum, she gently refuses, with the words : ‘I won’t thank you very much Jem Finch, I find it cleaves to my palette and renders me speechless.’ Wonderful."

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Other books by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird The stunning graphic novel adaptation

To Kill a Mockingbird The stunning graphic novel adaptation

Author: Harper Lee, Fred Fordham Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2018

A beautifully crafted graphic novel adaptation of Harper Lee's beloved American classic, voted the #1 Great American Read 2018. 'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A haunting portrait of race and class, innocence and injustice, hypocrisy and heroism, tradition and transformation in the Deep South of the 1930s, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird remains as important today as it was upon its initial publication in 1960, during the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement. Now, this most beloved and acclaimed novel is reborn for a new age as a gorgeous graphic novel. Scout, Jem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, are all captured in vivid and moving illustrations by artist Fred Fordham. Enduring in vision, Harper Lee's timeless novel illuminates the complexities of human nature and the depths of the human heart with humour, unwavering honesty and a tender, nostalgic beauty. Lifetime admirers and new readers alike will be touched by this special visual edition.

Avem Occidere Mimicam To Kill A Mockingbird Translated into Latin

Avem Occidere Mimicam To Kill A Mockingbird Translated into Latin

Author: Harper Lee Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Already translated into over 40 languages, this is the first translation of To Kill A Mockingbird into Latin. Andrew Wilson has made the translation suitable for students at any level of proficiency. While respecting Harper Lee's style, Wilson keeps to the requirements of the Cambridge Latin Course (which is used across the world). Uniquely, this is a book that can be sold globally (after all, Latin is widely studied in non-English speaking countries as well). It is the perfect gift book for all lovers of literature.

Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee's sensational lost novel

Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee's sensational lost novel

Author: Harper Lee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee's sensational lost novel

Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee's sensational lost novel

Author: Harper Lee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

_________________ A landmark new novel from Harper Lee, set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch - 'Scout' - returns home from New York City to visit her ageing father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past - a journey that can be guided only by one's own conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humour and effortless precision - a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to a classic.

Du-te si pune un strajer

Du-te si pune un strajer

Author: Harper Lee Format: eBook Release Date: 13/11/2015

La doua decenii dupa evenimentele din ...Sa ucizi o pasare cantatoare, Jean Louise Finch - mai cunoscuta dupa porecla ei, Scout - se intoarce in Maycomb, Alabama, sa-si viziteze tatal, pe Atticus, acum atins de batranete si de boala. Pe fondul luptei pentru drepturile si libertatile civile care zguduie Sudul Statelor Unite, Jean Louise descopera adevaruri tulburatoare despre familia sa, despre orasul in care a copilarit si despre oamenii care ii sunt dragi. Amintirile revin in valuri, iar valorile si opiniile ei sunt serios zdruncinate. Cartea-eveniment a anului 2015, Du-te si pune un strajer readuce in scena multe dintre personajele romanului ...Sa ucizi o pasare cantatoare, surprinzand in chip magistral zbuciumul unei tinere si al unei lumi care trebuie sa depaseasca iluziile trecutului.

Harper Lee Collection E-book Bundle

Harper Lee Collection E-book Bundle

Author: Harper Lee Format: eBook Release Date: 04/08/2015

Ve y pon un centinela

Ve y pon un centinela

Author: Harper Lee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2015

Originalmente fue escrito a mediados de la decada de 1950, Ve y pon un centinela fue la novela que Harper Lee presento por primera vez a sus editores antes de Matar a un ruisenor . Aparentemente el manuscrito se habia perdido, pero fue descubierto a fines de 2014. Harper Lee trae una nueva novela emblematica ambientada dos decadas despues de la historia de la obra maestra ganadora del Pulitzer, Matar a un ruisenor Maycomb, Alabama. A sus veintiseis anos, Jean Louise Finch -- Scout -- vuelve a casa desde la ciudad de Nueva York para visitar su anciano padre, Atticus. En el contexto de las tensiones por los derechos civiles y de los disturbios politicos que estaban transformando el Sur, el regreso de Jean Louise a casa se torna agridulce cuando descubre verdades perturbadoras acerca de su querida y unida familia, de la ciudad y de las personas que mas quiere. Los recuerdos de infancia la invaden y ve cuestionados sus valores y fundamentos. Con muchos de los personajes mas sobresalientes de Matar a un ruisenor, Ve y pon un centinela capta a la perfeccion la situacion de una joven y un mundo inmersos en una transicion dolorosa para dejar atras las ilusiones del pasado, un viaje que unicamente puede ser guiado por la propia conciencia. Escrito a mediados de los anos cincuenta, Ve y pon un centinela nos ayuda a entender y apreciar mejor a Harper Lee. Esta es una inolvidable novela de sabiduria, humanidad, pasion, humor y espontanea precision, una obra de arte hondamente emotiva que evoca de una forma maravillosa otra epoca sin perder su plena relevancia para nuestros tiempos. No solo confirma la inmarchitable genialidad de Matar a un ruisenor, sino que representa ademas un complemento esencial que anade profundidad, contexto y nuevo significado al clasico estadounidense.

Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman

Author: Harper Lee Format: eBook Release Date: 14/07/2015

Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood. An instant classic.

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