Debut Authors – What Lee Did Next…

Now I have explored the debut novel of Harper Lee, it’s time to go a little further through the wardrobe to unearth what she did post-To Kill A Mockingbird

Lee, H

Author: Harper Lee (1926–)

Debut novel: To Kill A Mockingbird (1960)

Age of author when debut published: 34

140 character review: One of the most beautiful and influential books that teaches tolerance, fairness and equality with every read – pure perfection! (5 stars – review here)

Favourite quote from debut: “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

Reception of debut: In spite of her editor’s warning that the book may not sell well, Harper Lee’s novel has become one of the most influential debuts of all time. One year after its publication it had been translated into ten languages and won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, much to Lee’s surprise. In 1962 To Kill A Mockingbird was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. Today, To Kill A Mockingbird can boast sales figures of over 30 millions copies across 40 languages. It has never been out of print and stands as a firm fixture on most school curriculums in the UK and US meaning that it is likely to have been read by most, if not all, school attendees of the last 40 years! A few years after publication, Lee became somewhat of a media recluse – refusing almost all requests for interviews and public appearances and publishing nothing more than a few short essays. However, in late 2014 it was announced that Lee’s long-lost original debut, Go Set A Watchman, was to be published July 2015, much to the applause of readers everywhere!

Other notable works:

Go Set A Watchman (2015)

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