There are many many books regarding Harper Lee and her famous book To Kill a Mockingbird. Some have offered interesting insights and new information regarding the famously reclusive Lee. Charles J. Shields attempts to do just that with Mockingbird A Portrait of Harper Lee. I live in Monroeville Alabama, I know many of Harper Lee's people and I enjoy reading outside accounts of her life because sometimes they do include information that I didn't know or a shine a light on older information.
Shield's must have sifted through a mountain of information to glean what he could because Harper Lee does not grant interviews, and did not collaborate nor cooperate with him to write this particular book. So that being said, if you're a fan of Lee's book and voraciously read all the books written about her, you're not going to really learn anything new. However, Shield's Portrait is an engaging read and does have a few newer accounts of Harper's life. I particularly enjoyed his writing on the relationship between Truman Capote and Harper Lee.
Shield's Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee may not contain a bombshell of new information, but it is an interesting read nonetheless. It might be a heavy read for young readers, but the included group reading guide is perfect for older students and book clubs. What Shield's lacks in new information he makes up for in citation. There is a large section of notes included that link any theory or speculation with articles or letters about Harper Lee. So, all in all, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee is commendable read about an old favorite.
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ISBN 0805083197 EAN 9780805083194 Publisher Owl Books (NY) Publish Date Apr 3, 2007 Copyright Date Jan 1, 2006 Binding Paperback
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- Shields is an outstanding biographer and has done his magic with this tribute to one of the greatest writers of our age.
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee offers a careful selection of insights gathered via interviews with family and friends of Nelle Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird. What strikes me most about this work is the precision of it, and the attention to detail. Charles Shields has undoubtedly spent unending effort piecing together this extraordinary account of the life and times of Harper Lee.
This book will make an excellent companion piece to To Kill a Mockingbird and is a must for Harper Lee fans; it will also become a wonderful research tool for any student who needs a resource concerning the history of Harper Lee.
Shields is an outstanding biographer and has done his magic with this tribute to one of the greatest writers of our age.