Monday, March 30, 2015

Harper Lee: The Model of Southern Gothic American Literature

“The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.” – Harper Lee

Harper Lee is an American novelist widely known for her 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Her work emphasizes tolerance and decries prejudice and also addresses issues of class, courage, compassion, and gender roles in the American Deep South. Her one and only published novel was considered an astonishing phenomenon by several authors and public figures and has already received multiple awards, countless medals, and numerous honorary degrees.

Harper Lee was then 34 years old when she received the Pulitzer Prize and after 60 years of just having a single published book she is coming back with a big announcement that her phenomenal book will be having a sequel Go Set a Watchman and is scheduled to be published mid-July 2015.
Exciting right? Now, let’s get to know more about this Southern Gothic Novelist.

Personal Life
Complete Name: Nelle Harper Lee
Born: April 28, 1926 (age 88)
Birth Place: Monroeville, Alabama
Occupation: Novelist
Subject: Literature
Literary Movement: Southern Gothic
Notable Works: To Kill a Mockingbird
Father: Amasa Coleman Lee
Mother: Frances Cunningham

"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."
        Harper Lee

Secondary Education: Monroe County High School
College: University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (undergraduate)

  •          To Kill a Mockingbird (1960). Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott.
  •          Go Set a Watchman (2015).

“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” – Harper Lee

  •          "Love—In Other Words". (April 15, 1961) Vogue, pp. 64–65
  •          "Christmas to Me". (December 1961) McCall's
  •          "When Children Discover America". (August 1965) McCall's
  •          "Romance and High Adventure" (1983), a paper presented in Eufaula, Alabama, and collected in 1985 in the anthology Clearings in the Thicket.
  •          Open letter to Oprah Winfrey (July 2006), O: The Oprah Magazine

  •          To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

  •          Pulitzer Prize (1961)
  •          Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (1961)
  •          Alabama Library Association Award (1961)
  •          Bestsellers Paperback of the Year Award (1962)
  •          Member, National Council on the Arts (1966)
  •          Best Novel of the Century, Library Journal (1999)
  •          Alabama Humanities Award (2002)
  •          ATTY Award, Spector Gadon & Rosen Foundation (2005)
  •          Los Angeles Public Library Literary Award (2005)
  •          Honorary degree, University of Notre Dame (2006)
  •          American Academy of Arts and Letters (2007)
  •          Presidential Medal of Freedom (2007)
  •          National Medal of Arts (2010)

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