Yesterday’s Monday Miscellany included a summary of the publication of a new book about Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, and Lee’s denial of cooperation on the book.
This article paints a sad picture indeed. Having outlived most of her family and friends, Harper Lee, 88, now lives in an assisted-living facility near her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Ironically, Lee’s careful guarding of her privacy may have backfired:
Silence has not served Nelle Harper Lee. “In the absence of her being willing to talk, the only versions we’ll ever have are other people’s versions.”