Harper Lee was the author of To Kill A Mockingbird (1960), one of the most popular US novels of all time, and required reading in many schools nationwide. Read about the life and work of Harper Lee here: britannica.com/biography/Harper-Lee.
An excellent video, posted on YouTube, was created by a high school English teacher who uses Google Earth to make connections between the fictional town of Maycomb and the author’s hometown. Watch it as you plan your visit to the town at http://www.monroecountymuseum.org/.
Harper Lee personally approved Horton Foote to write the screenplay for the film based on her famous Pulitzer Prize-winning book. His screenplay was a faithful adaptation of the story and won an Academy Award against the formidable competition of Lawrence of Arabia, The Miracle Worker and Lolita in 1963. The Award was presented by legendary actress Bette Davis. (See Texas for more on Horton Foote.)
Books Connected to To Kill A Mockingbird
In recent years, the literary world buzzed about Harper Lee’s second novel, which was published after a lifetime of her rejecting the idea of publishing more books after To Kill a Mockingbird. The book, Go Set a Watchman is described here: nytimes.com. (Miss Lee passed away within the year her second novel was published.)
A possible third novel published posthumously was thought to be under consideration (theguardian.com), but did not come to be (latimes.com). A graphic novel of To Kill a Mockingbird was released in November 2018. A children’s mystery novel based on the childhood friendship of Harper Lee and Truman Capote was published in 2016. You can read about Tru and Nelle at gregneri.com.
A Teacher’s Testimony
One of our readers, a high school English teacher, reported that she scheduled an appointment to visit Harper Lee where the author resided near the end of her life but Harper Lee did not feel well enough to attend. The fact, however, that one of the most major US authors in history was willing to meet with a teacher with whom she had no prior connection still impressed the teacher about the author’s character.
Monroeville is the third stop on our Alabama Author Adventures Trail!