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Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2010

    my opinon

    it was cool and very interesting

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Deatailed, Interesting Look Into Lee's Life

    Charles J. Shields does a wonderful job of presenting Harper Lee in both a curious and irreverent way without controversy. The book is well-researched (copious notes) and interesting without being sensational or exploitative. I walked away with a sincere admiration for Harper Lee and sympathy for her inability of trying to fill her own shoes after writing "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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  • Posted January 2, 2009

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    Excellent portrait of a interesting author

    This book was an excellent read. Considering the difficulties that he must have faced (given Lee's reticence), Shields has woven a intriguing picture of Harper Lee. If you loved To Kill a Mockingbird - read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2006

    GETTING TO KNOW THE AUTHOR OF TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

    Fifty years after its publication, To Kill a Mockingbird has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and continues to sell phenomenally almost 1 million annually. One of the most influential American novels of the 20th century, with its themes of race relations, justice, and childhood, it is the most popular selection for citywide reading programs in the country, and its movie version also remains widely watched. The novel¿s author, Harper Lee, also played a key role in the interviewing and research for another of the 20th century's most significant books, In Cold Blood, by her lifelong friend Truman Capote. Lee published no other novels, carefully guards her personal life in her Alabama home town, has never authorized a biography, and long ago stopped granting interviews. Now, however, any of her readers who want to know more about the formative years, influences, and creative struggles of this engaging and intriguing writer can turn to a meticulously researched account of her life, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, by Charles J. Shields. Drawing on interviews, public records and considerable literary detective work, Shields has written a well crafted, entertaining and highly informative biography, the first about this little known figure who has played an essential part in modern American culture. He offers evidence to put to rest the notion that her friend Capote had a hand in writing the novel and suggests a number of reasons that Lee has never published another work. Shields¿s ¿Portrait¿ seems likely to stand for a long time as a worthy companion piece to Lee¿s novel and as a dedicated contribution to literary history.

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