Happy 85th Birthday, Harper Lee! Lee published only one book, To Kill a Mockinbird, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960. After that, she became a close friend of Truman Capote and assisted him in researching what became his book, In Cold Blood. Otherwise, she’s chosen to remain out of the public eye.
The above photo is Capote and Lee, and even farther above that is a drawing of mockingbirds by John James Audubon, which was published in a book titled The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and their Territories in 1840.
This is from back in May, but I still enjoyed reading it and looking at all the different editions of the book. There is also a very nice, lengthy essay by Rohan Maitzen at the website I borrowed this photo from. http://www.openlettersmonthly.com/against-the-wind/ I could write my own essay about my feelings towards GWTW, but Maitzen does an admirable job. Needless to say, it is a novel that stays with you far beyond the last page. Give it a chance if you haven’t before.