Monroeville: The Search for Harper Lee's Maycomb is a short, photograph-dense book about Harper Lee's hometown. Inside you'll find many photographs of the town Harper Lee modelled her iconic Maycomb after in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Along with the photos there are short and informative chapters devoted to places and characters made famous by To Kill a Mockingbird.
It's especially interesting to see Monroeville, Alabama from the perspective of Harper's time as a child, again as a grown writer, and finally as the present-day literary capital of Alabama. Monroeville: The Search for Harper Lee's Maycomb naturally includes a history of the book that made it famous, but it also includes a background for the play of To Kill a Mockingbird that is performed during the early spring with a cast of locals. The photo of the play and its history are probably my favorite part of this book. Although I knew a lot about To Kill a Mockingbird and the story of Harper Lee, I didn't realize that the play has performed all over the world.
This book is a fun read and definitely adds to the rich literary history of the city of Monroeville. Although some of the "recent" pictures are a little dated, the true story is found in the early photographs of the city. Monroeville: The Search for Harper Lee's Maycomb deserves a place in any Mockingbird fan's library!
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ISBN 0738502049 EAN 9780738502045 Publisher Arcadia Publishing (SC) Publish Date Sep 15, 1999 Copyright Date Sep 15, 1999 Binding Paperback
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- A unique and detailed pictorial account of Monroeville, AL’s history,
A unique and detailed pictorial account of Monroeville, AL’s history, Monroeville: The Search for Harper Lee’s Maycomb offers up a nostalgic look at the hometown of Harper Lee. From the renowned author herself, to photos of Lee’s family, friends, and neighbors, readers are gifted with a view on the world that Harper Lee knew as she wrote To Kill A Mockingbird and based the classic novel’s setting on this tiny Alabama town.
Monroeville, Alabama could really be any small town in the Southern United States, and flipping through its pages is likely to draw you home if you are among the fortunate souls who have grown up in such a place. Warmth, personality, and hospitality are integrated beautifully into the images of Monroeville: The Search for Harper Lee’s Maycomb, and that depth of character will leave you feeling all the better for having picked up this particular book.