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21 February 2016 - 4:32pm

R.I.P. Harper Lee

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.....who died at the age of 89 on February 19, 2016.

Harper Lee was the most amazing author we never knew, due to her intense need for privacy and her humble ways, even though she was one of the most brilliant authors/women of her time.

On Friday night, my sons and I rewatched my favorite movie (and also my favorite book) of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird, in her honor.

I know she would have had more to offer the literary world, yet for whatever reasons, she never went on to write another book, leaving this classic the one associated with her memory and brilliance. I can watch this awesome movie and read this amazing story time and time again and still get more out of it with each viewing/reading.

I just had to post, because what she offered us has always meant to much to me.

May she rest in peace. Smile

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21 February 2016 - 7:03pm
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well said hope777.... You have honored her well.

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Didn't she write another book that was a follow up to TKAM? It was just released recently.

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Yeah she did, but it wasn't received very well. It was called To Set a Watchman".

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24 February 2016 - 11:08pm
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I don't believe she ever wanted to publish the book. And it was written BEFORE To Kill a Mockingbird, from what I understand.

There is much controversy surrounding the publication of this book.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Set_a_Watchman

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Very interesting

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I would like to read her new book,but I doubt she wrote it all.I don't think she will ever top TKAM.I really enjoyed her portrayal by Sandra Bullock as Harper,going with her childhood friend,Truman Capote,to Kansas, to research his In Cold Blood book.He was her best friend as they grew up but he was always jealous of her fame.I read she based the character,Dill,on Truman.Both Capote life story movies were excellent,and I watch them often.Harper was one of a kind,as was Truman.

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The wikipedia link that hope posted is has some very interesting things to say about the book. She definitely wrote it all. However it was a first draft of TKAM before the editor encouraged her to change direction and write about the events of TKAM that were only referred to in passing 20 years later in the draft. The publisher marketing it as an unreleased sequel is being very dishonest and the timing of the release seems quite suspicious to say the least.

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I would like to read her new book,but I doubt she wrote it all.I don't think she will ever top TKAM.I really enjoyed her portrayal by Sandra Bullock as Harper,going with her childhood friend,Truman Capote,to Kansas, to research his In Cold Blood book.He was her best friend as they grew up but he was always jealous of her fame.I read she based the character,Dill,on Truman.Both Capote life story movies were excellent,and I watch them often.Harper was one of a kind,as was Truman.

Hi wildgerri! The day of or the day after Harper Lee's death, my youngest son, oldst son, and I watched To Kill a Mockingbird in her honor, and I hadn't watched it for a very long time. I was pleased to see it was on Netflix streaming. I was very surprised my oldest son had never seen it. We all liked In Cold Blood, too. I was not aware of Capote's jealousy, although I was aware of their friendship. I do not think she let very many people in. Yes, I agree she was "one of a kind!"

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The wikipedia link that hope posted is has some very interesting things to say about the book. She definitely wrote it all. However it was a first draft of TKAM before the editor encouraged her to change direction and write about the events of TKAM that were only referred to in passing 20 years later in the draft. The publisher marketing it as an unreleased sequel is being very dishonest and the timing of the release seems quite suspicious to say the least.

It does seem suspicious and how sad that she was taken advantage of. I didn't read or see anything about family advocating for her in any way? Sounds like everything else where it comes down to money and greed.

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I remember people loving that book and movie, and that we were made to watch it during school. I myself thought they were both okay, but never fell in love with it like so many of my schoolmates. I guess it was a very important book though because many girls from school have named their children after characters in the book.

Anyone else know people who have named their kids after characters in TKAM?

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I remember people loving that book and movie, and that we were made to watch it during school. I myself thought they were both okay, but never fell in love with it like so many of my schoolmates. I guess it was a very important book though because many girls from school have named their children after characters in the book.

Anyone else know people who have named their kids after characters in TKAM?

Yes, I do know a few people who are named after characters from the book. Smile I personally love the name Harper, even. And I was one who absolutely fell in love with the book and movie - both my ATFs to this day. So many good quotes from both, too. And Gregory Peck is amazing. I could go on.......... lol

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