“Following the death of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Harper Lee, UCLA Library Special Collections posted online Friday a rare interview the famously reclusive author of the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” gave to WQXR radio host Roy Newquist in 1964 in New York.It is the only known recorded interview in which the celebrated author discussed the book and her newfound success as an author, according to the UCLA Library, and one of the last interviews she gave the media.” (via UCLA)
“Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for the novel that was published in 1960 and didn’t publish another book for more than 50 years afterward. She avoided the spotlight her entire life. She was 89.” (via NPR)
“The late sister of “To Kill A Mockingbird” author Harper Lee, Alabama attorney and church leader Alice Lee, is leaving books and other personal items to the famed writer. Alice Lee’s will, filed in Monroe County Probate Court and obtained by The Associated Press, says Harper Lee is to dispose of the belongings “as she may see it fit.” “I suggest that she choose those of my books she may desire to keep, then distribute the others among members of the family or to libraries or such institutions,” said the will, signed in 2009.” (via Associated Press)
“Harper Lee, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” filed a lawsuit Friday to re-secure the copyright to it. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages from the son-in-law of Lee’s former literary agent and companies he allegedly created.” (via AP)
Chicago Tribune – “Not much is known about Harper Lee.
She wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird,” it was released in 1960, and she hasn’t published a book since. Her most significant published work in the past 50 years is a letter about reading as a child, written for O, The Oprah Magazine in 2006. If not as reclusive as author J.D. Salinger, who was rarely seen in the 59 years that lapsed between “Catcher in the Rye” and his death in 2010, public appearances are sparse. She turned 85 on Thursday, and she never grants interviews — last year, a British reporter tracked her to the southern Alabama town where she lives, she thanked him for a box of chocolates and that was the entire interview.
A more common response to interview requests has been a quick two-word reply: “Hell, no.”