Harper Lee Primary Sources
Historical documents. What clues can you gather about Harper Lee, the time, place, players, and culture?
This April 1961 essay in Vogue is one of Lee's few published works besides To Kill A Mockingbird. The Shelfari page that archives her clips is a great resource, but the server is often busy—be patient if the link doesn't load at first or try again later.
An essay about Lee's life-changing Christmas. This piece appeared in McCall's in December 1961.
Harper Lee wrote this essay for McCall's in August 1965.
Lee wrote this for a 1983 Alabama Heritage Festival.
Lee's most recent published work is this July 2006 essay in O Magazine. If you click on the picture, it enlarges enough to read.
Time magazine's 1960 review of To Kill A Mockingbird.
Hopefully the first and last review to refer to the book as "sugar-water served with humor."
In 1931, the ACLU sent an enterprising young female investigator to Scottsboro to write a report on the rape case unfolding there. Hollace Ransdall's excellent narrative gives insight into the minds of the white accusers and the conditions the black defendants faced.
A great National Geographic feature on Monroeville, Alabama.
A 2006 essay in The New York Times.