If you are the account owner, please submit ticket for further information. If you are the account owner, please submit ticket for further information. Over the last 30 years, Anna Quindlen’s work has appeared in some of America’s most influential newspapers, many of its best-known magazines, and on both fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. She is a novelist and also writes the prestigious “Last Word” column in Newsweek magazine. Her latest novel, Blessings, is a New York Times bestseller and was recently made into a television movie starring Mary Tyler Moore. A collection of those columns, Thinking Out Loud, was published by Random House in 1993 and was on The New York Times Best Seller List for more than three months. Quindlen joined the Times in 1977 as a general assignment reporter and was named the paper’s deputy metropolitan editor in 1983. In 1995 Quindlen left the world of newspapers, which she had joined as a copy girl at age 18, to become a novelist full-time. How Reading Changed My Life was released in September 1998 as was One True Thing, a Universal feature film starring Meryl Streep. It has been nearly 60 years since Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was published, and the story still resonates with readers. The coming-of-age tale about racial injustice in the south was a phenomenal success from the start, and has only become more popular with time.
The Book Drew On Lee’s Childhood In Alabama While To Kill A Mockingbird is not autobiographical, there are similarities between the novel and Lee’s life. The book is set in Maycomb, Alabama, the fictional name for Monroeville, where Lee grew up. Like the main character Scout, Lee was a tomboy who was uncomfortable with traditional femininity. She and Scout would have been the same age and her brother Edwin was four years older, just like Scout’s brother Jem. Dill Was Based on Truman Capote Lee modeled the neighbor boy Dill after Capote. As a child, Capote—the author of In Cold Blood and Breakfast At Tiffany’s—lived next door to Lee. They played together and even shared Lee’s typewriter.
Both children were outside the social circles of their close-knit Southern town. Capote’s first book, Other Voices, Other Rooms, has a tomboy character resembling Lee. Lee Grew Up In The Courtroom Like the character Atticus, Lee’s father, AC Lee, was a lawyer. Soft-spoken and dignified, he defended two African American men accused of murder and lost the case. Lee spent much of her childhood in the Monroeville courthouse. Lee herself went to law school, but hated it and dropped out. Boo Radley May Also Be Inspired From Life In the book, Boo Radley is a recluse who leaves presents for the children in a tree. He may have been modeled after a real man, Son Boulware, who lived in Monroeville when Lee was a child. He was a real man, and he lived just down the road from us. We used to go and get those things out of the trees.
Go Set A Watchman Was Written Before Mockingbird Lee wrote Go Set A Watchman in the 1950s. Set 20 years after To Kill A Mockingbird, it contains many of the same characters and themes. Go Set A Watchman was thought to be lost until it was recently discovered in Lee’s archives. Lee Was Able To Write Because Of A Gift From Friends After finishing school, Lee moved to New York and worked as an airline reservationist. One Christmas, her friends Joy and Michael Brown gave her a gift: enough money to write for one year. The Book Changed Considerably During Editing Lee’s agent sent To Kill A Mockingbird to 10 publishers and all of them turned it down. Finally, the publisher Lippincott accepted the manuscript, even though it needed a lot of work. I didn’t expect the book to sell in the first place. But the novel was an immediate success.
Not only was it a best-seller, it was followed up with an Oscar-winning movie starring Gregory Peck. It also won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961. Truman Capote Didn’t Write The Novel At some point, a rumor started that Capote wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, or at least edited it. Aside from the fact that Lee’s writing sounds nothing like Capote’s, he only saw the manuscript once. In 1959, Lee accompanied Capote to Kansas to research In Cold Blood. During that trip, she showed him a finished version of Mockingbird, which was about to go to print. In Fact, It’s Said That Capote Was Jealous Of The Novel’s Success While Capote initially seemed supportive, the friendship soured as Lee’s novel was increasingly lauded. Truman became very jealous because Nelle Harper got a Pulitzer and he did not.