Remembering Harper Lee

Remembering Harper Lee

coexistence-of-good-and-evil-in-to-kill-a-mockingbird-quotes-27“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”- To Kill a Mockingbird (Atticus Finch)

Nelle Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, passed away on February 19, 2016 in her home at the age 89. The beloved author known as Harper Lee, brought to life characters that shed light on the depth and range of human emotions and behavior. Described as “compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving,” To Kill a Mockingbird is known as a masterpiece of American literature and a work that takes readers on a journey through a coming-of-age story that explores the lost of childhood innocence through adult experiences.

how-a-thoughtful-christmas-present-helped-harper-lee-write-to-kill-a-mockingbirdThrough the eyes of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, Harper Lee brought a story that explored human behavior in a town divided by racial tension and explored the power behind empathy and understanding. Lee brought to life characters like Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch, Jem Finch and Scout Finch who warmed our hearts and provoked emotions as they navigated through the trails life presented before them.

More than just an author, Lee was a daughter, sister, friend and pen pal to people like Truman Capote and cartoonist Berkeley Breathed who described her as “witty, impish and loyal.” Born and raised in Monroeville, Alabama, Lee used a similar case involving her own father and members of her town as inspiration for the Pulitzer prize book, which also became an Oscar winning movie in. According to Diane Sawyer, To Kill a Mockingbird “served as a conscience for a nation” and taught us the lesson of empathy for our fellow countrymen.

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Before her passing, Lee published her highly anticipated second novel, Go Set a Watchman, after over fifty years since she last published. In the novel, we meet an adult Scout struggling with her values during a visit to her family in the South during the Civil Rights Movement amidst political turmoil and racial tensions.

The stories she wrote presented us with a challenge to look beyond ourselves and understand the issues others may face despite color, religion and circumstance.Her words through the narrative of Scout Finch will live on forever in our hearts.


 By Brittany Fuller

Link of the Week: Harper Lee’s Christmas

how-a-thoughtful-christmas-present-helped-harper-lee-write-to-kill-a-mockingbird Harper Lee wrote a piece for McCall’s magazine in the December 1961 issue, titled Christmas To Me. The Guardian brought it back to life. The story is about a Christmas from her past in New York back in the 1950s. The events led to the creation of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. 

Several years ago, I was living in New York and working for an airline, so I never got home to Alabama for Christmas – if, indeed, I got the day off. To a displaced southerner, Christmas in New York can be rather a melancholy occasion, not because the scene is strange to one far from home, but because it is familiar: New York shoppers evince the same singleness of purpose as slow-moving southerners; Salvation Army bands and Christmas carols are alike the world over; at that time of year, New York streets shine wet with the same gentle farmer’s rain that soaks Alabama’s winter fields. I missed Christmas away from home, I thought. What I really missed was a memory, an old memory of people long since gone, of my grandparents’ house bursting with cousins, smilax and holly.

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Quote of the Week




 “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird





To the right, is a rare photo of famous author, Harper Lee.  Click here to read more quotes by famous authors, and see their rare photographs in the article “25 Rare Photos of Famous Authors.”