Wednesday, March 01, 2006

To Kill a Rumor: Capote Letter Helps Solve "Mockingbird" Mystery

An article by Sue Scheible in the Patriot Ledger is not directly about a mystery book, but is about a literary mystery: Did Nelle Harper Lee really write her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird?

A recently discovered letter from Truman Capote to a relative in Monroeville (AL) appears to debunk the myth that Capote contributed to the writing of Lee’s first and only work, the Huntsville Times in Monroeville reported.

‘‘Yes, it is true that Nelle Lee is publishing a book,’’ Capote wrote in the letter’s final paragraphs, according to the newspaper. ‘‘I did not see Nelle last winter, but the previous year, she showed me as much of the book as she’d written, and I liked it very much. She has real talent.’’

To Kill a Mockingbird is the only novel written by Lee. Despite all the acclaim, she never wrote anything else. Because of that, there has been speculation for years that someone else wrote it or helped her edit it.

Read the rest of this fascinating article here.

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