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Harper Lee (Up Close)by Kerry Madden
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Read Kerry Madden's posts on the Penguin Blog.
Nelle Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and became an instant bestseller. Two years later it was an Academy Award– winning film. Today, it remains standard—and beloved—reading in English classes. But Lee never wanted “the book” to define who she was, which explains her aversion to any kind of publicity. Kerry Madden conducted extensive research for this Up Close biography, which reveals Lee to be a down-to-earth Southern woman who enjoys baseball games and playing golf—and whose one and only published book happened to win the Pulitzer Prize.
"To Kill a Mockingbird"--Nelle Harper Lee's only published book--became an instant bestseller in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize. It was also the basis of the 1962 Oscar-winning film. In this biography, Madden reveals Lee to be a down-to-earth Southern woman who has shunned publicity for a simpler life. Photos.
About the Author
Kerry Madden is the author of Gentle's Holler, Louisiana's Song, and Jessie's Mountain (all Viking). She spent several weeks in Monroeville, Alabama, researching Harper Lee. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.
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