Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee #2020

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee By Charles J. Shields Mockingbird A Portrait of Harper Lee For use in schools and libraries only Furnishes an in depth meticulously researched portrait of the enigmatic woman behind the creation of To Kill a Mockingbird describing the life and literary care
  • Title: Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee
  • Author: Charles J. Shields
  • ISBN: 9781417770342
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee By Charles J. Shields For use in schools and libraries only Furnishes an in depth, meticulously researched portrait of the enigmatic woman behind the creation of To Kill a Mockingbird, describing the life and literary career of Harper Lee, her struggle to create her famed novel, and her contributions to the work of her lifelong friend Truman Capote s In Cold Blood.
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    1. Charles J. Shields

      Charles J Shields is the author of And So It Goes Kurt Vonnegut A Life, Mockingbird A Portrait of Harper Lee, the highly acclaimed, bestselling biography of Harper Lee, and I Am Scout The Biography of Harper Lee Henry Holt Books for Young Readers He grew up in the Midwest and taught in a rural school in central Illinois for several years He has been a reporter for public radio, a journalist, and the author of nonfiction books for young people He and his wife live near Charlottesville, Virginia.

    533 thoughts on “Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee”

    1. This was probably hard to write as the author had to do so without the benefit of interviewing the subject And without the cooperation from the subject, it seems that those closest to the subject honored the subjects wishes and did the same So what he did was to contact anyone that he could think may have known the subject for the briefest amount of time for any anecdote The result is probably best described by a quote from an initial edit of To Kill a Mockingbird by the publishers, Lippincott i [...]


    2. I got to page 35 and I could not take it any The writing was poor and I would rather Ms Lee be surrounded in mystery for me No need to spoil anything.


    3. When To Kill a Mockingbird was first released, all Nelle Harper Lee hoped for was a merciful death at the hands of reviewers Humble expectations for a book that won the Pulitzer and is still the most popular novel of the 20th century It must have been quite a challenge to write a biography of someone who refuses to be interviewed and has shared almost nothing private about herself over the years Shields did well with this book, considering the limited information He did a great deal of research [...]


    4. It s official I am a Nelle Harper Lee fangirl I want to find her apartment in New York and hang out with her, talking books and writing But since she wouldn t appreciate yet another stalker, I ll try my luck with the pre approved method I ll write a letter addressed to her in Monroeville and hope for an answer If you loved To Kill a Mockingbird, chances are, this biography of its author will cause you to react the very same way The book makes Nelle feel like a beloved friend, which is quite amaz [...]


    5. Mockingbird A Portrait of Harper Lee Author Charles J Shields 2006Publisher Henry Holt and CompanyISBN 13 978 0 7394 7846 2 324 PagesFifty one years after the publication of her Pulitzer Prizewinning novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, author Harper Lee is again claiming the headlines CBS News and the Sun Sentinel both ran stories this month about President Obama honoring Harper Lee with the National Medal of Arts Ms Lee, aged 84, perhaps one of America s greatest living authors, did not attend the ce [...]


    6. I thought this was TERRIBLE Shields has written many juvenile non fiction books and it SHOWS, and not in a good way I absolutely despise when biographers try to write scenes from someone s life like fiction, or a television re enactment Just terrible In addition, there are too many guesses about someone was thinking or feeling or even doing far too many maybe he thought , perhaps she meant to say , could have been , may have been etc etc etc If you don t have the information from a reliable sour [...]


    7. I re read To Kill a Mockingbird before I read Charles J Shields biography of Harper Lee, Mockingbird The parallels between her life and her classic novel were numerous I enjoyed reading how the real small southern town and its characters morphed into the familiar ones from To Kill a Mockingbird Lee values her privacy and is an enigmatic person, so Shields really had to dig to do his research Even then, certain private aspects of her life remain elusive, as she wished Her lifelong relationship wi [...]


    8. OK, Charles Shields, you have created a fine portrait of Harper Lee but don t get too cocky and believe that you have written the authoritative portrait of Miss Lee Me thinks that she has chosen to keep integral pieces of her enigmatic being private from all, except maybe her sister Alice Her reclusive non chatty personality can be interpreted, but not with any assurance that you ve reached into her soul BUT, I liked your portrait even if I question your confidence Interestingly, Shields was an [...]


    9. Although Shields has done an admirable job of pulling together facts about Harper Lee s life from various previously published books and articles, as well as conversations with those who knew her personally, ultimately this is an unsatisfying biography As private a person as Lee has been in past interviews, the desire of those closest to her to protect her, and her unwillingness to cooperate with Shields has resulted in a mostly factual, yet superficial account Where Shields attempts to mine new [...]


    10. In the introduction to his unauthorized biography of Nelle Harper Lee, MOCKINGBIRD, Charles J Shields says he has tried to balance Lee s desire for privacy with the desire of her millions of readers who have long hoped for a respectful, informative view of this rarely seen writer In my opinion, Shields has succeeded in rendering a considerate and enlightening portrait of Lee, though she may have preferred that the book not be written at all.Published in 2006, this is the first biography of Harpe [...]


    11. Called A portrait of Harper Lee by the author, I would call this A portrait of Harper Lee, but not the details people really care about , but that s me Honestly, it seems to be a little bit about Truman Capote than his friend Nelle Harper Lee Personally, I would have liked to spend a little less time in the novel talking about her time helping Capote with In Cold Blood I also thought that there was too much talk about the people that surrounded Lee.I was interested in the little details about t [...]


    12. This book goes beyond typical reference book This is one readers interested in Harper Lee will want to read from cover to cover Shields did a remarkable job of making research accessible.


    13. This is a biography of Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird, and the author himself starts off by explaining that it isn t very long because there isn t a whole lot of information out there The bulk of the information is from her research trip with Truman Capote while he was working on In Cold Blood, which makes sense because Capote cultivated any and all interest in his work and his person, and from the rush of publicity for the To Kill A Mockingbird movie, which also makes sense because [...]


    14. I think this is a solid biographical account of Harper Lee I don t know that I really knew much about her beyond her having written an amazing novel and then stepping out of sight I vaguely knew of her relationship with Truman Capote and their work together on In Cold Blood but I didn t have any context or details on it This portrait of Harper Lee was enlightening in that respect but it still didn t go very deep into her life Although I suspect that the lack of depth is due to the extreme privac [...]


    15. MOCKINGBIRD A Portrait of Harper Lee 2006 Charles J Shields .So what do you do when the star of your intended biography won t talk with you, and will not allow you access to any of her papers or correspondence What Mr Shields had to do was to interview over six hundred people who knew Ms Lee and to seek out copies of everything written by and about her that had ever appeared in print It was a job well done His Portrait covers her childhood, her time at University where she never completed her la [...]


    16. This is a straight forward account of the life of Harper Lee author of the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird The book starts off when both Harper Lee and Truman Capote investigate the murder of the Clutter family in Kansas We can feel the way they both fed off of each other and that in many ways they were both outcasts certainly not fitting comfortably into the strictures of Southern society.We also sense the single mindedness of Harper Lee to pursue her career as an author It took a great deal [...]


    17. Really well done and documented biography of the author of To Kill a Mockingbird This well captures Nelle Harper Lee s life as reflected by former classmates, friends and contacts in the publishing and movie worlds of the 1950s and 60s and beyond Everything is documented and the book is rift with interest for those of us interested in the lives of others especially those who have tired of publicity and have retracted their personal contacts to a bare minimum.Nelle Lee is still alive and splits h [...]


    18. Our Book Club read this in tandem with Harper Lee s To Kill a Mockingbird Worst unauthorized biography I ve ever read, although it was interesting to learn of Nelle Harper Lee s lifelong friendship with Truman Capote, who wrote In Cold Blood.


    19. I m thinking 4.5 rather than 4 stars, but that s not an option This biography was great summer time in the south fun reading and beautifully done, but at the same time it s a slow read Mr Shields has done incredibly thorough, encompassing research on Nelle Harper Lee s life and presented her as a believable and familiar intellectual Southern woman From childhood, Nelle wanted to be a writer, and poured time years and painstaking effort into making her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, as close to pe [...]


    20. Thoroughly researched, sometimes overly so Even still, he couldn t resist falling into the stereotypical journalists speculation about Harper Lee Some parts about Truman Capote were too long I didn t buy a Capote biography That being said, a picture of Harper Lee emerges, and I wish I could have known her in real life She was feisty and stubborn and compassionate and private all things I admire.


    21. A very insightful and well researched book that gives a wonderful portrait of the writer and answers many questions, including, Why did she never write another


    22. A mysterious and elusive woman, Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Perennial Modern Classics , is the subject of this portrait by Charles J Shields.A former English teacher, Shields set for himself the task of writing Mockingbird A Portrait of Harper Lee, this compelling biography based on hundreds of interviews, piecing together a picture of this Southern woman who began life in Monroeville, Alabama, the child of an attorney, whose mother suffered from a condition most liken [...]


    23. Charles Shields starts this book by telling us that the dearth of material he d found on Nelle Harper Lee, author of the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, was such that he only had enough for a large pamphlet We can t say that he didn t try the interviews and bibliographic information used as research is evidence of a truly intensive effort Unfortunately, however, he wasn t completely successful in the result Because there is so little to tell about Nelle s childhood it was a typical Depressi [...]


    24. 2.5 stars I really wanted to love this, I did And Shields does a pretty good job of talking to everyone he possibly can about Nell Harper Lee.but after reading The Mockingbird Next Door a few weeks ago, this book without any input or even response from Harper Lee just rings kind of hollow I mean, it s a thorough and comprehensive biography, but the soul of this book just isn t there for me.Read This Instead book show 1


    25. I was encouraged to read this book by a friend when I mentioned I had just read To Kill A Mockingbird The author decided a book should be written about Nelle Harper Lee, but she became a very private person in later years and refused all requests for interviews or to share materials with the author and never gave her approval to his project He thoroughly researched everything written by her or about her, and interviewed many people who knew her and were willing to share memories, letters, etc It [...]


    26. oh, man i wanted to love this books so much than i did i am pretty disappointed it was okay fine ish, even but it wasn t very good the second half of the book, post in cold blood time, was better going for me and seemed less inclined towards something i have recently discovered i really don t like in biographies reliance upon supposition and inference in times or situations where such information couldn t possibly be known s clear shields is a huge fan of miss lee and that the book was undertak [...]


    27. How many times have I wondered What in the world ever happened to Harper Lee Where did she go Did she vanish off the face of the earth enigmatically without the news hitting the rest of us, or is she still out there, alive somewhere This book explores all the answers, the most fascinating being that Nelle Harper Lee still putters around her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama a.k.a Maycomb , the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird, at the age of 72 She s single, living with her law practicing elder si [...]


    28. I really, really wanted to like this book Lee is such an interesting character, and I would love to learn about her Unfortunately, this book really isn t about her, since three hundred something pages didn t happen to her Instead, it is a random collection of facts with some semblance of a connection to Lee that the author deemed interesting enough to add to this messy jumble So, yes, it contains information, but that information is badly organized and often irrelevant The writing is atrocious [...]


    29. If I were rating this book only on being informative, I would give it five stars, because I learned a lot about Nelle Harper Lee or at least as much as one can learn from an unauthorized biographer who is trying to understand a writer who shuns any requests for interviews Growing up, Lee was perhaps even spunkier than her beloved character Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, for any readers from another planet She was a tough tomboy during the days when she played with Truman Capote And, later, when [...]


    30. Oh so boring Harper Lee wrote a brilliant book and she was clearly a brilliant person but her life is not all that interesting Charles Shields hops around from topic to topic, he s not that great a writer, and he doesn t do a very good job presenting a dull life in an interesting way.I mean, I love To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee is clearly one of the most brilliant people currently on the planet, but you know what Her life was really dull And I wish I d just read her article instead of forcin [...]


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