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(BBC)   Harper Lee comes out of her self imposed exile from society... to sue her literary agent's son   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 43
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2013-05-04 08:00:39 AM
"Mockingbird" was her only published book.
 
2013-05-04 08:16:12 AM
I had no idea she was still alive. If any of this is true, Mr. Pinkus is a grade A jerk and horrible son in law.

I wonder if she still writes...maybe her family will release posthumous material someday.
 
2013-05-04 08:44:00 AM
This sucks.

Boo
 
2013-05-04 08:46:00 AM
She's gonna find herself some piece of mind, and if that piece of mind won't stay she's gonna get herself a better way.
 
2013-05-04 08:48:57 AM

BarkingUnicorn: "Mockingbird" was her only published book.




Truman Capote wrote that book. Lee was his aide and nothing more.
 
2013-05-04 08:49:34 AM
Did she get her haircut at a mental hospital?
 
2013-05-04 08:50:38 AM
If your legacy is writing a book that is read by school children pretty much everywhere in America, you could do a lot worse.
 
2013-05-04 08:56:17 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: Truman Capote wrote that book. Lee was his aide and nothing more.


This. She may have had a bit more to do with the book than being his aide but the bones of the book are almost certainly his. I think he did all the heavy lifting and she put a bit of polish on it.
 
2013-05-04 09:15:41 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: BarkingUnicorn: "Mockingbird" was her only published book.

Truman Capote wrote that book. Lee was his aide and nothing more.


Well, he's in no position to collect royalties, is he?
 
2013-05-04 09:18:45 AM

EngineerAU: Mid_mo_mad_man: Truman Capote wrote that book. Lee was his aide and nothing more.

This. She may have had a bit more to do with the book than being his aide but the bones of the book are almost certainly his. I think he did all the heavy lifting and she put a bit of polish on it.


I know it is frowned upon here to have this viewpoint, but the cadence and tone on this book is so similar to his short stories that it is hard for me to believe that Capote did not write the bulk of the book...I did not think this until I read the short stories a few years ago. I don't think he ever thought it would be a popular as it was/is and that is why he gave it to her...

He was a weird little farker but so talented. Too bad he was not able to keep it up and get on the wagon.
 
2013-05-04 09:31:43 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: This sucks.

Boo


Over in however many that was.

/Sees what you did there.
 
2013-05-04 09:37:12 AM

MFAWG: AverageAmericanGuy: This sucks.

Boo

Over in however many that was.

/Sees what you did there.


Yes nice.
 
2013-05-04 09:49:21 AM
She wrote that song about Billy Joe McAllister, right?
 
2013-05-04 09:54:08 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: BarkingUnicorn: "Mockingbird" was her only published book.

Truman Capote wrote that book. Lee was his aide and nothing more.


Almost certainly true, but still a world-class douche move on the son's part.

Am thinking this:  the literary agent's dirtbag son may well have known this and set things up to steal the money, thinking that she wouldn't say a word or risk being exposed as a fraud.
 
2013-05-04 10:05:25 AM

BarkingUnicorn: "Mockingbird" was her only published book.


And it's the one taught in every highschool English class in North America. She must have made some money off of it.
 
2013-05-04 10:23:01 AM

Peepeye: I had no idea she was still alive. If any of this is true, Mr. Pinkus is a grade A jerk and horrible son in law.

I wonder if she still writes...maybe her family will release posthumous material someday.


Best Jewish joke I ever heard, punchline : "pincus fuctus."
 
2013-05-04 10:24:12 AM

SpdrJay: She wrote that song about Billy Joe McAllister, right?


I thought it was about the P.T.A. at Sweet Valley High.
 
2013-05-04 10:36:32 AM
From a publishing perspective, not licensing 50th anniversary editions or ebooks is kind of a big deal.  That would be a complete dick move on the son's part.
 
2013-05-04 10:48:14 AM
Fark her and Monroeville AL......what a crap hole town.  She is the only thing that town talks about. Signs everywhere,  festivasl for it every year, they even have this crew of girls they call Mockingbird Court. Everyone wants to get married in the court house that was the idea/model for the one in the movie not the actual one.  The people who leave that town bring statues of the court house and pics where ever they go......its crazy...this is all this town lives for. The women there are  f'd in the head and crazy. Fark Monroeville. Don't say I didn't warn you.


Most people outside of there agree that at the LEAST...it has some of Capote's  work......but don't ever say that there, or to a former resident. Even if they can't read, expect a fight to the death.
 
2013-05-04 11:16:09 AM
One of my proudest moments in middle school was when we were reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" aloud in 8th grade English class, and I read the line "I saw that black [n-word] yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!" as written.

Hell, you want me to read from the book, I'm gonna read what it says.  I will not undermine Ms. Lee's authorial intent.
 
2013-05-04 11:19:53 AM

jake_lex: One of my proudest moments in middle school was when we were reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" aloud in 8th grade English class, and I read the line "I saw that black [n-word] yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!" as written.

Hell, you want me to read from the book, I'm gonna read what it says.  I will not undermine Ms. Lee's authorial intent.


I'm sure by now there's been a version printed for school use that takes out all of those offensive, yet historically accurate, words.

/just like they did to Huck Finn.
 
2013-05-04 11:28:24 AM

SpdrJay: She wrote that song about Billy Joe McAllister, right?


No, you're thinking of Janis Joplin. She's the one who became a lesbian and choked on her own vomit.
 
2013-05-04 11:42:11 AM

Marquis de Sod: SpdrJay: She wrote that song about Billy Joe McAllister, right?

No, you're thinking of Janis Joplin. She's the one who became a lesbian and choked on her own vomit.


Nah, that was Cass Elliott, the kid from E.T....
 
2013-05-04 11:43:30 AM
Does she have a good lawyer?
 
2013-05-04 11:47:34 AM

FirstNationalBastard: jake_lex: One of my proudest moments in middle school was when we were reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" aloud in 8th grade English class, and I read the line "I saw that black [n-word] yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!" as written.

Hell, you want me to read from the book, I'm gonna read what it says.  I will not undermine Ms. Lee's authorial intent.

I'm sure by now there's been a version printed for school use that takes out all of those offensive, yet historically accurate, words.

/just like they did to Huck Finn.


I never had, nor will I ever, read a "cleaned up" version of a book nor let my children read one.  Especially those books, because you lose the whole point if the white people people aren't using derogatory words to the black people.  It's not nice, but it wasn't nice back then.
 
2013-05-04 11:52:48 AM

bborchar: I never had, nor will I ever, read a "cleaned up" version of a book nor let my children read one.  Especially those books, because you lose the whole point if the white people people aren't using derogatory words to the black people.  It's not nice, but it wasn't nice back then.


You lose the perspective of what sort of assholes people were towards other races when you sanitize the text
 
2013-05-04 12:03:39 PM
Hope she makes at least fifty bucks.
 
2013-05-04 12:05:24 PM

loonatic112358: bborchar: I never had, nor will I ever, read a "cleaned up" version of a book nor let my children read one.  Especially those books, because you lose the whole point if the white people people aren't using derogatory words to the black people.  It's not nice, but it wasn't nice back then.

You lose the perspective of what sort of assholes people were towards other races when you sanitize the text


And gain it back by the authority figures and community advocates who give you the santized version.
 
2013-05-04 12:55:11 PM
 
2013-05-04 12:56:37 PM

Wild Eyed and Wicked: EngineerAU: Mid_mo_mad_man: Truman Capote wrote that book. Lee was his aide and nothing more.

This. She may have had a bit more to do with the book than being his aide but the bones of the book are almost certainly his. I think he did all the heavy lifting and she put a bit of polish on it.

I know it is frowned upon here to have this viewpoint, but the cadence and tone on this book is so similar to his short stories that it is hard for me to believe that Capote did not write the bulk of the book.


It's frowned upon because it's incredibly incorrect.   You might as well argue the Earl of Oxford wrote Romeo and Juliet.
 
2013-05-04 03:39:42 PM
Yeah, but what does she have to say about Firefly?
 
2013-05-04 03:58:30 PM

JosephFinn: Wild Eyed and Wicked: EngineerAU: Mid_mo_mad_man: Truman Capote wrote that book. Lee was his aide and nothing more.

This. She may have had a bit more to do with the book than being his aide but the bones of the book are almost certainly his. I think he did all the heavy lifting and she put a bit of polish on it.

I know it is frowned upon here to have this viewpoint, but the cadence and tone on this book is so similar to his short stories that it is hard for me to believe that Capote did not write the bulk of the book.

It's frowned upon because it's incredibly incorrect.   You might as well argue the Earl of Oxford wrote Romeo and Juliet.


Well, I have to admit I'd never seen that story before.  I will cheerfully admit that it makes me reconsider.
 
2013-05-04 04:41:51 PM
Thanks to the internet, I now know that  the Earl of Oxford wrote Romeo and Juliet .
 
2013-05-04 05:05:35 PM

AtlanticCoast63: JosephFinn: Wild Eyed and Wicked: EngineerAU: Mid_mo_mad_man: Truman Capote wrote that book. Lee was his aide and nothing more.

This. She may have had a bit more to do with the book than being his aide but the bones of the book are almost certainly his. I think he did all the heavy lifting and she put a bit of polish on it.

I know it is frowned upon here to have this viewpoint, but the cadence and tone on this book is so similar to his short stories that it is hard for me to believe that Capote did not write the bulk of the book.

It's frowned upon because it's incredibly incorrect.   You might as well argue the Earl of Oxford wrote Romeo and Juliet.

Well, I have to admit I'd never seen that story before.  I will cheerfully admit that it makes me reconsider.


Huzzah!  I've done my good deed for the day!
 
2013-05-04 05:17:47 PM

AlanSmithee: Thanks to the internet, I now know that  the Earl of Oxford wrote Romeo and Juliet .


That's not entirely true; it was ghostwritten by Pope Clement VIII.  The Earl of Oxford did write  To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby, though.
 
2013-05-04 05:20:30 PM
No "To Sue a Farking Turd" or something? I mean I'm not very clever, you other farkers are, I expected better.
 
2013-05-04 08:46:02 PM

Wild Eyed and Wicked: EngineerAU: Mid_mo_mad_man: Truman Capote wrote that book. Lee was his aide and nothing more.

This. She may have had a bit more to do with the book than being his aide but the bones of the book are almost certainly his. I think he did all the heavy lifting and she put a bit of polish on it.

I know it is frowned upon here to have this viewpoint, but the cadence and tone on this book is so similar to his short stories that it is hard for me to believe that Capote did not write the bulk of the book...I did not think this until I read the short stories a few years ago. I don't think he ever thought it would be a popular as it was/is and that is why he gave it to her...

He was a weird little farker but so talented. Too bad he was not able to keep it up and get on the wagon.


CSS time...

He's a distant cousin. Addictive personalities run rampant on that side of the family...
 
2013-05-05 06:39:21 AM

NateAsbestos: No "To Sue a Farking Turd" or something? I mean I'm not very clever, you other farkers are, I expected better.


Agreed. One newspaper ran this story as "To Kill an Agent"
 
2013-05-05 02:30:28 PM

moothemagiccow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird#Inaccurate_rumor_r e garding_potential_Capote_authorship


But the conspiracy story of Capote's authorship is so much more fun!

Seriously though, I think to say he wrote it is too far a stretch, though his influence is probably present.  From what I understand, she has a load of unpublished manuscripts that she never submitted because of the success right out of the gate she got with To Kill a Mockingbird and, as in not atypical, she had a fear of failure by comparison.  What would you do if the first book you wrote became an American iconic classic, in your lifetime?
 
2013-05-05 02:40:35 PM
RyansPrivates:   What would you do if the first book you wrote became an American iconic classic, in your lifetime?

Hookers and blow?
 
2013-05-05 02:57:29 PM
I wouldn't call Harper Lee "exiled from society." Should she be blogging or some shiat? Appearing at movie premieres? Guest-hosting on late night talk shows?
 
2013-05-05 02:58:55 PM

RyansPrivates: moothemagiccow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird#Inaccurate_rumor_r e garding_potential_Capote_authorship

But the conspiracy story of Capote's authorship is so much more fun!

Seriously though, I think to say he wrote it is too far a stretch, though his influence is probably present.  From what I understand, she has a load of unpublished manuscripts that she never submitted because of the success right out of the gate she got with To Kill a Mockingbird and, as in not atypical, she had a fear of failure by comparison.  What would you do if the first book you wrote became an American iconic classic, in your lifetime?


Cash in on it for the rest of my motherfarking life by writing mediocre sequels and selling t-shirts. You know, being American.
 
2013-05-05 06:19:44 PM

moothemagiccow: I wouldn't call Harper Lee "exiled from society." Should she be blogging or some shiat? Appearing at movie premieres? Guest-hosting on late night talk shows?


I think if people forgot you're still alive, then yeah, you're exiled from society.
 
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