Saturday, February 20, 2016

Harper Lee, 1926-2016, R.I.P.


Sometimes, it seems that my posts are mainly comprised of tributes to dead celebrities. Hell, my posts are mainly comprised of tributes to dead celebrities. The process I use as to whose death I note is hit-or-miss, really. There's no telling whom I'll eulogize. This explains posts about people such as Dan Hicks and Vanity, while making you wonder, no doubt, why no mention of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey...

Anyway, today, I must post about author Harper Lee, who was referenced in another post of mine just over a week ago.  Ms. Lee was known as the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, arguably one of the greatest novels written during the 20th century. That's not hyperbole, either. She had recently published a controversial sequel, Go Set a Watchman, published over 50 years after her other only book.


I'll leave it to others to write at length about her upbringing, later life, and legacy. My tribute posts rarely take the form of standard obituaries. I merely want to take note of the passing of such a revered figure in my own life, as To Kill a Mockingbird is and will remain one of my favorite stories.

Thanks for your time.


10 comments:

  1. Alas, I cannot recall ever reading To Kill A Mockingbird, nor even watching the classic movie. Oh, I have heard all about both from countless sources, but I do not think I have ever experienced either for myself. Be assured that this puzzles me. For I tested as a college-level reader in the fourth grade, and I devoured such little books as War and Peace before I finished my freshman year in high school. So, how could I have missed out on To Kill A Mockingbird?

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    1. Quite a mystery, indeed.

      And "such little books as War and Peace?" I like that.

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  2. A great book indeed. She lived a long life though, and left behind a great work. Nothing wrong with that.

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  3. This is so very sad to hear about her passing even though she lived long, I still wish she would have lived longer. I was concerned since I heard she was not in the best health and this last book has some controversy attached because there were/are fears she was being taken advantaged of. Her book is one of my favourites

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    1. Yeah. I have yet to read Go Set a Watchman.

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  4. It is one I remember reading and enjoying in school. That doesn't always happen. We can all only hope to have such a legacy.

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    1. True. We don't always enjoy the books they "make" us read in school.

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