An indelible portrait of one of the most famous and beloved authors in the canon of American literature - a collection of letters between Harper Lee and one of her closest friends that reveals the famously private writer as never before, in her own words.
Dr. Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University, is the author of thirteen books and one of the most recognised and honoured scholars of Southern US history, politics and religion. He has won numerous teaching awards and has been a Distinguished University Professor for many years. He lives in Alabama.
This small collection of letters between Harper Lee and her friend
witnesses what an estimable person she was ... Flynt's book is a
testament to the dead art of letter-writing and the enriching
relationships which in the right hands (literally) could in times
gone by, be built on it ... This book does something for which
one can be profoundly grateful. One at last sees and hears
something of this elusive, wonderfully creative woman. * The
This little book, then, contains multitudes. It exemplifies the wisdom, and the frank, unguarded honesty, that can crystallise with age. It is an insight into the chemistry and alchemy of friendship, in this case late-developing, but beautiful in its lateness. It is an oblique reflection on the tumultuous Southern history that its correspondents lived through. And it has the desirable effect of introducing readers to a major Southern writer. * Economist *
It is a small memoir with a big surprise: a selection of Lee's letters. They show her to be sociable, opinionated, amusing. * Times Literary Supplement *
A revealing look at a beloved, mysterious writer. * Mail Online *
[M]odest and self-abnegating. * Telegraph *