“To Steal a Mockingbird?”
by Mark Seal
pages 108 – 113; 132 – 136
It’s hard to admit it, but most books are disposable. A decade after publication, most have long since been relegated to Goodwill and the Salvation Army. But there are a few “evergreens” that retain their popularity in the long run. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird certainly fits that category.
Any Southerner who loves to read cannot escape Mockingbird. The novel has such renown that Oprah Wynfrey has called it “our national novel” and Lee received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007. (While I like Mockingbird, I think that the story and characters are a little too simple, which detracts from its drama. I’m just sayin’…).
Sadly, Lee is now in failing health. Moreover, it has come to light that she signed over the Mockingbird copyright to her agent in 2007. This has led to the a colossal legal battle that has brought to light some of the shady corners of the publishing world. It is this fight that is at the center of the current Vanity Fair article. Bookworms will enjoy this article.