I won’t go all Mr. T on you, but listen up. Write on.

reading interrupted.

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                                           Listen, you fool:

This is how Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, starts her letter to Robert E. Bell, and what a wonderful way to start a letter it is!

She admonishes herself for waiting an entire year after his novel’s publication (he wrote The Butterfly Tree in 1959) to write and tell him how much she admires his book.

“To tell you that it was poetry from the first word to the last, not even excepting that hideous printers’ error on about page 42”

all photos by readinginterrupted.com, Letter in Morgan Library & Museum all photos by readinginterrupted.com, Letter in Morgan Library & Museum

She goes so far as to invite him to New York to visit her. “When in the hell are you coming up here? Now. I insist.”

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I can identify with her need to…

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