By now you’ve heard that a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, called Go Set a Watchman, will be hitting shelves—and Shmoop—this summer. In honor of the news, we put together a list of little-known facts about our back-in-action author.
1. She’s still alive.
2. She’s more popular than Moses.
3. Harper is actually her middle name.
Her first name, Nelle, is her grandmother Ellen’s name spelled backward (source). Notice how similar her signature is to Shmoop’s…just saying.
4. She rubbed elbows with the rich and famous…in kindergarten.
5. Even she had writer’s block.
6. She studied law.
7. She wrote more than one book.
The manuscript for the TKAM sequel was rediscovered last year, and after some hesitation, Lee agreed to publish it. We hear Peter Jackson is directing the movie adaptation, so get ready for Go Set a Watchman Parts 1-3.
- Harper Lee Biography
- To Kill a Mockingbird Learning Guide
- To Kill a Mockingbird Videos
- To Kill a Mockingbird Short Course
- Flashcards on TKAM content
- Flashcards on TKAM vocab
- Civil Rights Learning Guide
Quote of the Week
“…when you and Jem are grown,
maybe you’ll look back on this
with some compassion
and some feeling that I didn’t let you down.”
[No mockingbirds were harmed in the making of this newsletter.]