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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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.


Interviews with Harper Lee

In the early 1960s, Lee gave many interviews before she chose to step out of the public eye. One of them was first published in Roy Newquist's book, Counterpoint, another in Rogue magazine.

Books about Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Bloom, Harold, ed. Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1996.
  • Johnson, Claudia Durst. "To Kill a Mockingbird": Threatening Boundaries. New York: Twayne, 1994.
  • Shields, Charles J. Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2006.
If you'd like to read works by authors admired by Harper Lee, you might enjoy:
  • Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, 1814
  • Truman Capote's The Grass Harp, 1951
  • Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1885
If you'd like to read other books set in the South, you might enjoy:
  • Olive Ann Burns's Cold Sassy Tree, 1984
  • Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937
  • Carson McCullers's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, 1940
If you'd like to read other coming-of-age novels, you might enjoy:
  • Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, 1868
  • John Knowles's A Separate Peace, 1959

"Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself.... It's a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent."
—Harper Lee from a 1964 interview

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