Now Alabama Is Looking Into Harper Lee's Mental Health [UPDATE]

The controversy over Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman is just not done being depressing. According to the latest report the state of Alabama is investigating, after the whole affair prompted at least one person to file a complaint alleging possible elder abuse. » 3/12/15 3:00pm 3/12/15 3:00pm

Journalist Finally Gets Direct Response from Harper Lee: 'Go Away'

After weeks of trying to get in touch with famously press-shy author Harper Lee, Al.com journalist Connor Sheets finally got a response: His own crumpled letters, signed "Go Away! Harper Lee." » 3/05/15 1:00pm 3/05/15 1:00pm

Harper Lee's Lawyer Says Harper Lee Is 'Hurt and Humiliated' 

The controversy over Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman continues, as her lawyer attempts to allay fears the beloved 88-year-old author is being manipulated, pushed into releasing the second novel she always resisted publishing. » 2/09/15 12:50pm 2/09/15 12:50pm

Harper Lee's Editor and Publisher Swear She's Excited About New Book

Excitement among literary fans has been at its peak since news broke Tuesday that HarperCollins would be publishing Go Set a Watchman, a lost-now-found novel by beloved To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee. Reactions to the announcement have ranged from overjoyed to suspicious and now Lee's editor Hugh Van Dusen… » 2/04/15 3:50pm 2/04/15 3:50pm

Be Suspicious of the New Harper Lee Novel

Two and a half months after the death of Harper Lee's sister (and lawyer) and 55 years since the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, HarperCollins has announced the summer release of Go Set a Watchman, the elusive author's second novel. » 2/03/15 1:10pm 2/03/15 1:10pm

Harper Lee: I Won't 'Cooperate' With Any Book for the Rest of My Life

America's oldest and most beloved cranky author has released a new statement reminding America that the new biography written about her life is unauthorized and unwelcome. » 7/15/14 12:00pm 7/15/14 12:00pm

Harper Lee Finally Agrees to Publish To Kill a Mockingbird as E-Book

To Kill a Mockingbird will finally be available as an e-book and digital audiobook this summer after self-described "old-fashioned" author Harper Lee signed off on allowing the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic to enter the digital age. » 4/28/14 2:00pm 4/28/14 2:00pm

Harper Lee Sues Hometown Museum for Peddling Mockingbird Tchotchkes

For an 87-year-old one-(huge) hit-wonder, Harper Lee has been in the news a lot recently, from that time back in early May when she sued an agent for allegedly “duping” her into signing over the copyright to To Kill a Mockingbird six years ago, to her current lawsuit against a museum in her Alabama hometown for the… » 10/19/13 1:30pm 10/19/13 1:30pm

Harper Lee Sues Slimy Agent Over To Kill a Mockingbird Copyright

If you’re a literate adult (or near-adult), you’ve probably read To Kill a Mockingbird, or at least rolled your eyes when some new conversational partner enthusiastically told you at a party that his or her favorite book ever is To Kill a Mockingbird, which personal revelation you probably took to mean that the person… » 5/05/13 12:00pm 5/05/13 12:00pm

Saturday Night Social: Celebrate American Literature

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of President Obama's favorite books tonight the way any self-respecting American would — by watching the movie. » 4/07/12 6:30pm 4/07/12 6:30pm

Harper Lee Breaks Her Silence To Tell Media To Piss Off

"Nervously, I approach the novelist, carrying the best box of chocolates I could find," writes Sharon Churcher. "I start to apologise that I hadn't brought more but a beaming Nelle, as her friends and family call her, extends her hand..." » 6/28/10 3:30pm 6/28/10 3:30pm

What's Wrong With To Kill A Mockingbird?

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee's masterpiece of children's literature, it appears some critics are itching to provide a corrective to all the millions-sold adulation. What's the matter with liking To Kill A Mockingbird? Well. » 6/24/10 4:00pm 6/24/10 4:00pm

It's The Summer Of To Kill A Mockingbird

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee's classic children's book. And although To Kill a Mockingbird has a famously private author, the book's birthday shall be acknowledged! » 5/25/10 5:00pm 5/25/10 5:00pm

"She's Who Scout Finch Would Have Grown Up To Be, I Think"

I'd like to think so too. But regardless, this is a great read, including the very vibrant comment section, from whence the quote above comes. [Ta-Nehisi Coates/The Atlantic] » 5/25/10 10:20am 5/25/10 10:20am

R.I.P. Collin Wilcox

Collin Wilcox, an accomplished actress perhaps best known for playing Mayella Ewell, the woman who falsely accuses Tom Robinson of rape in To Kill A Mockingbird, has died at 74. [NYT] » 10/22/09 7:40pm 10/22/09 7:40pm

Atticus! Atticus!

"Boo Radley is a hero. Bob Ewell is a racist and a rapist [...] And yet Gladwell thinks the reason that Atticus has a different "standard" for each man is that Radley has more money!" — Isaac Chotiner [TNR] » 8/05/09 10:40am 8/05/09 10:40am

Was Harper Lee's Atticus Finch A Classist?

The 50th anniversary of To Kill A Mockingbird is coming up in 2010, leading some to question whether Atticus Finch is really the champion of equality Harper Lee makes him out to be. Malcolm Gladwell takes the case. » 8/03/09 4:00pm 8/03/09 4:00pm

Nefertiti May Be A Fake • Copulating Corpses Cause Controversy

• Swiss art historian Henri Stierlin claims that the famous bust of Nefertiti housed in a Berlin museum is actually a fake, created in 1912 as a copy on which archeologists could test pigments. • » 5/06/09 5:40pm 5/06/09 5:40pm