Harper Lee’s passing this week was sad, but not unexpected. She had been in failing health for some time. After reading all of the interviews, speculations and critiques of Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, I believe Lee was ready to release that novel. She no longer worried that she could not top her own perfection.
But Harper Lee’s death gave me pause for another reason. As a life long reader, and a fledgling writer, I’ve reflected on the books that have influenced me most- To Kill a Mockingbird seems like a safe and obvious choice, but it has tremendous power fifty plus years later. That is story telling at its finest.
I was introduced to the story in high school when Mrs. Susan Peters walked the Modern Novel class through the story of Miss Jean Louise “Scout” Finch and her story of life in the Deep South. I had recently…
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