Harper Lee

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Harper Lee

Born

4/28/1926, Monroeville, Alabama, USA

Birth Name

Harper Nelle Lee

Gender

Female
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When she was younger, Harper Lee was quite a tomboy. She became famous when she wrote her very first book, "To Kill A Mockingbird", which is now considered great literature, and even used as school curriculum in some states, not to mention that it has won multiple awards.…more

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    • Harper Lee: I never expected any sort of success with [To Kill A]Mockingbird. I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of the reviewers but, at the same time, I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement.

    • Harper Lee: I never expected any sort of success with [To Kill A]Mockingbird. I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of the reviewers but, at the same time, I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement.

    • Harper Lee: I never wrote with an idea of publishing anything, of course, until I began working on Mockingbird. I think that what went before may have been a rather subconscious form of learning how to write, of training myself. You see, more than a simple matter of putting down words, writing is a process of self-discipline you must learn before you can call yourself a writer. There are people who write, but I think they're quite different from people who must write.

    • Harper Lee: I want to do the best I can with the talent God gave me. I hope to goodness that every novel I do gets better and better. In other words all I want to be is the Jane Austin of south Alabama...

    • Harper Lee: You don't sit down in "white hot inspiration" and write with a burning flame in front of you. But since I knew I could never be happy being anything but a writer, and 'Mockingbird' put itself together for me so accommodatingly, I kept at it because I knew it had to be my first novel, for better or for worse.

    • Harper Lee: This was my childhood: If I went to a film once a month it was pretty good for me, and for all children like me. We had to use our own devices in our play, for our entertainment. We didn't have much money. Nobody had any money. We didn't have toys, nothing was done for us, so the result was that we lived in our imagination most of the time. We devised things; we were readers, and we would transfer everything we had seen on the printed page to the backyard in the form of high drama.

    • Harper Lee: I think the thing that I most deplore about American writing, and especially in the American theatre, is a lack of craftsmanship. It comes right down to this-the lack of absolute love for language, the lack of sitting down and working a good idea into a gem of an idea. It takes time and patience and effort to turn out a work of art, and few people seem willing to go all the way.

    • Harper Lee: (referring to the hit film of her book starring Gregory Peck in the 1960s) I think it is one of the best translations of a book to film ever made.

    • Harper Lee: (Talking about the film adaption of her book) If the integrity of a film adaptation can be measured by the degree to which the novelist's intent is preserved, Mr. Foote's screenplay should be studied as a classic.

    • Harper Lee: You know, many writers really don't like to write. I think this the chief complaint of so many. They hate to write; they do it under the compulsion that makes any artist the victim he is, but they loathe the process of sitting down trying to turn thoughts into reasonable sentences.

    • Harper Lee: There's no substitute for the love of language, for the beauty of an English sentence. There's no substitute for struggling, if a struggle is needed, to make an English sentence as beautiful as it should be.

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