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5 secrets of the author’s life ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

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Harper Lee – the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” – has only one familiar journey from home to … the laundry, because her house does not have a washing machine, nor has an air conditioner, a computer, or a telephone. To write, she still uses a typewriter. Money, for her, is just for charity.

Famous as a witty and intellectual writer, but very reserved in the media and the public, Harper Lee has gained a great reputation since 1960 when he released his first work – the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird “.

Harper Lee
Harper Lee

The work portrays the racist reality in the South of America through the observational gaze of children. The public knows and admires Harper Lee thanks to a single work published in most of her life. However, when learning about the personal life of the writer, there are also many other interesting mysteries that make people love her and the work even more. Now, let’s find out her secrets through the following article!

Harper Lee’s writing career started with a Christmas gift

The daughter of a lawyer working in the state of Alabama, Harper Lee moved to New York to both works and writing since 1949. While working as an airline ticket salesman in 1956. Friends Michael and Joy Brown gave Harper Lee an unforgettable Christmas present.

That was enough money for her to quit her job and live for a year without worrying about money, in that year two friends wanted Harper Lee to focus on writing. Next to the money was a note: “You have a year away from working to write whatever you like. Merry Christmas!”.

Harper Lee used that wonderful gift without wastefulness, it was this year that she wrote the world-famous work – “To Kill a Mocking Bird”.

In 2015, readers around the world were surprised when the publisher HarperCollins announced that Harper Lee – the reclusive female writer who always placed herself outside of all media and public interest – agreed to give published a sequel to “To Kill a Mocking Bird”, which is Go Set A Watchman in 2015. This incident initially caused quite a lot of controversy in public opinion, about how Harper Lee portrayed Atticus Finch’s lawyer character as a racist in season 2.

The circumstances of the release of “Go Set A Watchman” when Harper Lee was too old and had many health problems, especially her severe hearing loss, caused many people to worry about whether Will this book come out according to their wishes or not.

Harper Lee is a childhood friend of writer Truman Capote

Harper Lee is childhood friends with writer Truman Capote. Two famous American writers used to be neighbors. Harper Lee’s father inspired Atticus Finch’s character in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in addition, he gave the two children an old typewriter so that they could both use and compose the first page of writing.

However, the friendship between the two stopped when Truman Capote never mentioned Harper Lee in his book. Their one-time friendship and Harper Lee’s seclusion once made rumors that Truman Capote was actually the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, regardless of the contrast in tone and style.

When Harper Lee released his second work in the final days of his life, some rumors reappeared, thinking that this was an opportunity to analyze the language of the two works to clarify the truth. However, up to now, no one has been able to give any evidence that “To Kill a Mockingbird” is not a work by Harper Lee.

Harper Lee spent his whole life sticking to his home country

The city of Monroeville in the state of Alabama – where writer Harper Lee was born – not only inspired Maycomb’s landmark in “Killing a Mockingbird” but also the place where the female writer chose to stick most of her life – a city peaceful, quiet street.

Harper Lee is a popular figure in Monroeville, and the people of Monroeville defended Harper Lee’s desire to stay in seclusion “very badly.” They do not allow anyone to disturb their female writer.

Harper Lee spent her whole life sticking to her home country

The city of Monroeville in the state of Alabama – where writer Harper Lee was born – not only inspired Maycomb’s landmark in “Killing a Mockingbird” but also the place where the female writer chose to stick most of her life – a city peaceful, quiet street.

Harper Lee is a popular figure in Monroeville, and the people of Monroeville defended Harper Lee’s desire to stay in seclusion “very badly.” They do not allow anyone to disturb their female writer.

Harper Lee – leading female recluse writer in the world

With a single debut novel – “To Kill a Mockingbird” helped Harper Lee become a famous and wealthy author, however, ever since this great success, Harper Lee immediately stepped in. In seclusion, she avoids the media and the public more than ever. To meet her and interview her was utopian for reporters.

Harper Lee’s life is known as a very simple and serene life. Information about her personal life is rare, but according to the New Yorker, Harper Lee earned $ 816,448 (equivalent to over 18 billion) in royalties from her work within the first 6 months in year 2010.

From 1960 up to now, readers can temporarily calculate the “primitive” block of the rich fortune of female writers. However, because of a very simple life, she never needed to spend much. She didn’t hang out with many people, and she didn’t travel. The journey that she usually takes is… from home to the laundry because Harper Lee at home doesn’t have a washing machine.

In addition, Harper Lee does not have an air conditioner, a computer and a cell phone. As for composing and writing letters, she still uses a typewriter. About her rich fortune, it is known that Harper Lee still silently donates to the church and charitable organizations.

Harper Lee once wanted actor Spencer Tracy to take on the role of Atticus Finch

Regarding the 1962 movie of the same name, Harper Lee once wrote a letter asking actor Spencer Tracy to accept the role of Atticus Finch, but at that time, the actor was busy with Other acting plans, so the role was assigned to Gregory Peck.

After the movie, Harper Lee turned to admire Peck because he took on the role very well. With this impressive role, Gregory Peck won the Oscar for Outstanding Male Lead. The film received 8 nominations and won 3 golden statues.

Harper Lee even gifted the actor with her father’s beautiful pocket watch as a way to pay tribute to Peck’s role. The clock had the words “To Gregory from Harper”. They became friends from then until Peck’s death in 2003.

Through the above 5 secrets of the famous writer, we understand somewhat about the writer’s personality, facts, and catalysts for Harper Lee to be able to create the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird. You can read more to understand about the author in here: Atticus Finch, The Biography: Harper Lee, Her Father, And The Making Of An American Icon First Edition 

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