Harper Lee, American author renowned for her unforgettable 1960 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird", is back in the limelight. A PBC video documentary on her life was released this past Monday.
PBS documentary on Harper Lee features a number of interviewees who have known Harper for a very long time. These associates explain Lee’s likeness and dedication towards Scout. These interviews are pretty special because Harper Lee hadn’t shared these things with anyone on media before.
Filmmaker and author Mary McDonagh Murphy dig deeper into the unforgettable story weaved together by Harper Lee. You will get to see interviews of Tom Brokaw, Wally Lamb, James Pattterson, Anna Quindlen,and others. Those who have watched the movie will get to savor its making and behind the scenes stories as well. "Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird" will be in theaters starting May 13th.
Mary Murphy and Harper Perennial have put in a lot of hard work in materializing this documentary. Don’t forget to watch "Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird" in a theater near you.
In an interview posted by Popmatters, Harper Lee’s sister, Alice, talked about why Harper chose to remain in seclusion and avoided media confrontation. She said, “As time went on, she said that reporters began to take too many liberties with what she was saying, so she just wanted out… She felt like she gave enough.”
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a very special book for Harper Lee. It shed light on several racism issues that were observed by the author as a child in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Despite being Lee's only published book, it led to Lee being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom of the United States for her contribution to literature in 2007. Lee has also been the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, but has always declined to make a speech.
Harper Lee is currently residing in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala., and hadn’t granted an interview in 50 years. Quite surprisingly, even Oprah Winfrey couldn’t convince her to come on television to talk about her experiences and achievements.
Many fans are still wondering about her second book, which was expected to come soon after her first book was published. In a blog post by Maura Judkis on Washington Post, it is mentioned that Harper Lee was asked about her second book by Washington Post columnist Winzola McLendon almost 52 years ago and Lee answered, "The second book was on its way."