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Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee: From Scout to Go Set a Watchman (Hardcover)
An extensively revised and updated edition of the bestselling biography of Harper Lee, reframed from the perspective of the recent publication of Lee's Go Set a Watchman
To Kill a Mockingbird--the twentieth century's most widely read American novel--has sold thirty million copies and still sells a million yearly. In this in-depth biography, first published in 2006, Charles J. Shields brings to life the woman who gave us two of American literature's most unforgettable characters, Atticus Finch and his daughter, Scout.
Years after its initial publication--with revisions throughout the book and a new epilogue--Shields finishes the story of Harper Lee's life, up to its end. There's her former agent getting her to transfer the copyright for To Kill a Mockingbird to him, the death of Lee's dear sister Alice, a fuller portrait of Lee's editor, Tay Hohoff, and--most vitally--the release of Lee's long-buried first novel and the ensuing public devouring of what has truly become the book of the year, if not the decade: Lee's Go Set a Watchman.
About the Author
Charles J. Shields is the author of And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life (Holt 2011), a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book. Also, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee (Holt 2006), an acclaimed, bestselling biography, recently revised as Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee from Scout to Go Set a Watchman (Holt 2016). I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers 2008) is for young adults. He is also the author of nonfiction books for young people. He and his wife reside in Charlottesville, Virginia.