Harper Lee Reveals What Ruined Friendship With Capote
His new book, Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship With Harper Lee, is based on their relationship, on his takeaways from visits to the nursing. According to a new book titled Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee, Truman Capote was called a "compulsive liar" by Lee in her. Harper Lee, who died today at age 89, and Truman Capote, who died in if they ever patched their relationship up before Capote's death.
But she said nothing, he said, about his writing about her after she died. At least two other books about Lee are planned in coming years. Lee's family is also searching for a biographer because relatives say they are displeased with Charles J. Shields' unauthorised book about her. That makes for at least six books from major publishers about a woman who wrote only two.
A Portrait of Harper Lee, a best seller, was well received. Garrison Keillor, in his New York Times reviewdescribed Shields as "a scrupulous journalist who respects the lady's privacy even as he opens up her life".
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In one letter, dated March 28,she said the book travelled the path from "fiction to nonsense," and she labelled Shields a "creep". I wrote a novel that sold," Harper Lee wrote. Advertisement Strong love for Manhattan Harper Lee was a prolific letter writer. Her writings to Flynt often ran a dozen pages in a slanted, if sloppy, cursive.
In them, her love for Manhattan is apparent. She kept an apartment there from until she suffered a stroke in that sent her home to Alabama. If she died in New York, she wrote, she wanted her ashes scattered above Manhattan "without ceremony".
Lee's letters are peppered with self-deprecating jokes about the macular degeneration that in recent years had damaged her eyesight — "Blind is now a no-no word, like sin" — and about her bout with fame. It wasn't just the klieg lights of celebrity that worried her, but the darker impulses sometimes provoked by stardom. She described, Flynt said, one close encounter with a stalker who followed her from Birmingham to her home in Monroeville. That only cemented her fear for her safety, he said.
Lee praised her sister Alice, who died inas "the most remarkable person I ever knew".
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Flynt described Lee as a Christian realist who was not sentimental about religion and enjoyed reading the apologist C. It is sometimes regarded as extraordinary that Nelle Harper Lee came from the same small town as another great Southern writer, Truman Capote — that, indeed, they were neighbours as children.
Gaby Wood's review of Go Set a Watchman The idea that a coincidence of implausible proportions would be needed to explain the emergence of two such gifted writers from a small place ignores how different their style is. It also ignores the way in which writers encourage, criticise, develop each other by proximity.
That is true not just of Lee and Capote, but of Lee and the whole Southern school of novelists. She could hardly have predicted that she would quickly come to be seen as the epitome and climax of the grand Southern tradition. To Kill a Mockingbird is a great novel and, unusually, was quickly made into a great film Gregory Peck and his family subsequently became close friends with Lee.
Rex Features What stays in the memory of To Kill a Mockingbird are the grand coups — Scout unknowingly deflecting a lynching, or the great moment when the Reverend Sykes, after the verdict, says to Scout: That is the direction she would have gone in, and what we have lost in her subsequent silence.
The novelist of social texture, of the quiet relationships between people, is perhaps one peculiarly vulnerable to the impact of fame.
A novelist who had become a celebrity would find it almost impossible to pursue their task of listening, of modest disappearance into the background, of observation.
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Some writers manage to tough it out; others find the weight of expectation impossible to manage. The cynic would say that Harper Lee, with a novel which still sells millions every year, over half a century after its publication, hardly needed to go on writing anyway.
Would she have wanted her career to work out like this? But writing is not like hedge-fund trading. The author who voluntarily retires from writing, after having made a pile, is a rare creature; it is the strangest of facts about Shakespeare that he stopped writing, apparently of his free will, at the height of his artistic powers after The Tempest, and retired to Stratford.
Rex Features Much more common is the writer who is effectively destroyed by a single huge success. The burden of fame and acclaim weighs down particularly on the creative faculties. The task of balancing the awareness of past success with the necessary task of producing new work is not one that every writer can achieve.Capote (6/11) Movie CLIP - Did You Fall in Love With Him? (2005) HD