CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

New bio about Harper Lee is a quick read, like the National Inquirer

My interest in Harper Lee began when we showed "To Kill a Mockingbird" for the first season of "Literary Cinema." On the big screen, one is absorbed into the town of Maycomb. When I purchased "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince," I was given a discount deal and purchased a hardcover of "To Kill a Mockingbird."

In some cases, there seems to be more interest in this woman since her one book was published in 1960. Catherine Keener portrayed Nelle Harper Lee and was nominated for an Oscar in "Capote." Sandra Bullock will portray Miss Lee in "Infamous," which is another chronicle about writing Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood."

Charles J. Shields has written an interesting, but flawed biography about Harper Lee. The author Charles J. Shields suffers from a lack of understanding of the Southern culture. He read too many "teacher's guides" from the student's textbooks. "Mockingbird" suffers from too much textbook dust.

The best part of the book are the quotes lifted from Harper Lee.
On page 258, Miss Lee is quoted;

"Writing is,
in a way,
a contest of knowing,
of seeing the dream,
of getting there,
and of achieving what you set out to do.
The simplest way to reach this goal is to simply say what you mean as clearly and precisely as you know how."
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