Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, literary agents, legal rights, copyright, To Steal a Mockingbird?, Vanity Fair, kith/kin: My mom actually remembers Harper Lee from Alabama. So all my life I have heard about this reclusive one novel Pulitzer Prize winning author. I also really enjoyed the book and the movie (and the play which I saw in Annapolis MD last fall).
Also loved this on Harper Lee …
In high school, Lee developed an interest in English literature. After graduating in 1944, she went to the all-female Huntingdon College in Montgomery. Lee stood apart from the other students—she couldn’t have cared less about fashion, makeup or dating. Instead, she focused on her studies and on her writing. Lee was a member of the literary honor society and the glee club.
Transferring to the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Lee was known for being a loner and an individualist. She did make a greater attempt at a social life there, joining a sorority for a while. Pursuing her interest in writing, Lee contributed to the school’s newspaper and its humor magazine, the Rammer Jammer. She eventually became the editor of the Rammer Jammer.
This article is fascinating and well worth your time.
To Steal a Mockingbird?
The notoriously private author Harper Lee is now waging a public courtroom battle. Her lawsuit charges that in 2007 her agent, Samuel Pinkus, duped the frail 80-year-old Lee into assigning him the copyright to her only book, To Kill a Mockingbird—then diverted royalties from the beloved 1960 classic. Mark Seal investigates a scandal packed with publishing legends