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Beloved Nelle Harper Lee Dies At 89, Old-Fashioned Lover Of Books

February 19, 2016

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I think it fair to say most adults have read the classic To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I think it also fair to say many of those readers read it first in high school or college and then again when the second of her books, The Watchman, was released in 2015.

That is what we do with the books penned by authors we never met but yet feel we know so well.  The wit and bite that Lee placed into the pages of her timeless bestseller makes her the type we all would want to sit in our living room while expounding on all sorts of topics.

Today Nelle Harper Lee, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in that 1961 classic died at the age of 89.

She and I would have gotten along quite nicely over coffee and the back-and-forth over what books make for smiles and others for ponderous thinking.  After all we agree about the foundations of books and how they are to be read.

I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries.  Can you imagine curling up in bed to read a computer? Weeping for Anna Karenina and being terrified by Hannibal Lecter, entering the heart of darkness with Mistah Kurtz, having Holden Caulfield ring you up,”she wrote at the time. “Some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal.”

There are many who pass away and fade from memory.  Harper Lee is a keeper in the soul for every lover of books.

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  1. tom permalink
    February 21, 2016 6:50 PM

    In my English 10 class, we finished discussion of Mockingbird on the day she passed. To them, it was an interesting irony at best. They don’t have the years needed to understand or reflect.

    I know this will strike you as very perplexing, but I’ve always thought of Mockingbird as deeply conservative text, and a much better ideal for conservatism than Atlas Shrugged.

    In a world so full of Trumps, it is sad to lose what Atticus we have left.

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