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About That Shocking Harper Lee News But With A Disturbing Twist

I was taken aback this morning when I heard the news that Harper Lee, who had only published one novel, the classic To Kill A Mockingbird, will have a second book published. It is based upon the great character Scout twenty years after her childhood which depicted in the book.

At first I thought, "On, no". I had reservations about Harper Lee, who has always been a recluse, had decided to write another book as she aged. (Today she is 88.)  Not only could it tarnish one of the greatest books of all time, but I was worried that her skills might have been diminished since her 1960 debut.

Then, however, I really got interested when I learned her "new" book was actually written before Mockingbird. That's a big "wow". She had submitted it to publishers who told her that Scout's flashbacks to her childhood were really, really good and a book could be based on that alone. Thus, Mockingbird was born and the first proposed book was shelved.

Later in the day, however, news began to leak that something might have be amiss. Lee today is almost incapacitated and described as senile. But here's the kicker: Her fiercely protective sister, friend and lawyer for all of her life died two and one-half months ago. So, are we to believe the "new book" just now happens to be have been "discovered" and Lee wants to publish it after refusing to do so for decades?



Denney Crane said...

I'm glad you researched the background because there's no way I would ever believe she "lost" her book.

Sounds like the nursing home wants to get paid.

Anonymous said...

I was also a little confused about how this book has been lying around for half a century and she was unaware of it, had no copies of it and was surprised to learn it had never been destroyed. Lee is almost 90 and said she could never top her first book and now somehow a new book surfaces? There is probably more to this

Anonymous said...

I, too, have to hand it to you.

The comments on Reddit had not yet reveal this information when I read the Harper piece there.

I guess your Twitter feed picked it up quicker?

Anonymous said...

The beauty of Mockingbird is that it stands alone, a perfect story.

Lee made the correct decision not to publish the other novel. Her sister made the correct decision to honor her wishes. Lee has reportedly been suffering from dementia for a decade or more.

Someone is making a money grab, which will violate the art.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

"Be suspicious of Gawker Media Articles."


Nuggets of truth buried under vast piles of first world angst.

CT said...

Indeed, this is a money grab. Agree with 9:29am. Sounds like the new atty gets her to sign stuff, but now knowing her mental capacity is decreased makes this even more vile.

There is a special place in hell for those who take advantage of the elderly.