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Old 19.02.2016, 19:23
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Harper Lee

Harper Lee died today, aged 89. May she rest peacefully.


"Jean Louise, stand up, your father's passing..." That line gives me the chills, every time. I love the book. I adored the film. Harper Lee was a true original and epitomised literary genius.
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'To Kill A Mockingbird' was one of those books that touched me profoundly as a youngster, and again (and again and again) as an adult.

One of the Great American Novels indeed.

It's often said that Atticus Finch was responsible for so many of my generation choosing to study law.

(Wonder if Harper Lee would see that as a compliment or a criticism?)

I was conflicted about Go Set A Watchman, due to the controversy around whether or not Harper Lee had really authorized the publication. But I am glad I read it. GSAW didn't have the brilliance of TKAM, but I found the portrait of Atticus as a more complex man with feet of clay fascinating.

Rest in peace, Harper Lee.
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BBC 4 had the excellent and fascinating documentary "To Kill a Mockingbird at 50" on last November. Well worth a watch if you haven't seen it.
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'To Kill A Mockingbird' was one of those books that touched me profoundly as a youngster, and again (and again and again) as an adult.

One of the Great American Novels indeed.

It's often said that Atticus Finch was responsible for so many of my generation choosing to study law.

(Wonder if Harper Lee would see that as a compliment or a criticism?)

I was conflicted about Go Set A Watchman, due to the controversy around whether or not Harper Lee had really authorized the publication. But I am glad I read it. GSAW didn't have the brilliance of TKAM, but I found the portrait of Atticus as a more complex man with feet of clay fascinating.

Rest in peace, Harper Lee.



I haven't dared read it yet to be honest - I like Atticus without the clay feet I think - but I know what you mean. I first read it when I was twelve - the same year I read Jane Eyre and both books set the bar pretty high. I've taught it for years too and it's one of those books that nearly all students love, it just touches a universal chord somehow.

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BBC 4 had the excellent and fascinating documentary "To Kill a Mockingbird at 50" on last November. Well worth a watch if you haven't seen it.


I did! Did you see/read the reports about the death of her long time "keeper at the gate"? Her friend and lawyer who kept the marauding hoards of editors and publishers away for so long so she could live quietly.
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Yes indeed I did. I just blubbered and cried through out that documentary.

What can you say about her - TKAM is so pure a creation, a true literary work of art, just beautiful. The literary world's Mona Lisa.
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