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Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird

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You’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve heard too much about Harper Lee of late, after the publication in July 2015 of Go Set a Watchman, her first book in more than 50 years. But this documentary – made in 2011 but updated to include discussion of her new work – is worth watching. If only because the story of how To Kill a Mockingbird came to be, and of Lee herself, is so remarkable.

And it’s lovely to hear Lee’s voice, as she talks about her expectations of her first novel, published in 1960. “I was hoping someone might like it enough to give me some encouragement about it,” she says. You can imagine her surprise when, just a year after it was published, Mockingbird was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.


Documentary exploring the life of reclusive author Nelle Harper Lee, shedding light on the context and history of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

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