Sunday, February 21, 2016

In Harper Lee's hometown, tributes and odes echo author's private life

Monroeville, Alabama is full of landmarks – and enterprises – inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird. On the day its author died, the small town carried on like before

Harper Lee statue
Flowers are placed on a statue of a girl reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird in Monroeville, Alabama. Photograph: Brynn Anderson/AP
The sorrow, like everything in this small Alabama town, is more complicated than it first appears.

The author lifted her hometown to global prominence, even as she personally pushed that prominence away. She was famous, and famously reclusive.
By the time she died on Friday morning, at 89, everyone in Monroeville, from those too young to read to those too old to see, knew of her. But almost no one really knew her.  More

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