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By Dave Rosenthal and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
Harper Lee's leap into the headlines with a lawsuit against a New York literary agent is a remarkable change for the reclusive author, who wrote a great American novel a half-century ago and has hardly been heard from since. Another famous author/recluse, J.D. Salinger, popped up in a legal challenge in a few years ago, when he tried to halt publication of "60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye," an unauthorized sequel to his classic coming of age novel. A settlement of that lawsuit -- coming after Salinger died -- limited the sale of the book in the U.S. and Canada.  Now Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird, " has accused her former agent, Samuel Pinkus, and others of trying to deprive her of royalties from the novel.
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By Dave Rosenthal and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
Harper Lee's leap into the headlines with a lawsuit against a New York literary agent is a remarkable change for the reclusive author, who wrote a great American novel a half-century ago and has hardly been heard from since. Another famous author/recluse, J.D. Salinger, popped up in a legal challenge in a few years ago, when he tried to halt publication of "60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye," an unauthorized sequel to his classic coming of age novel. A settlement of that lawsuit -- coming after Salinger died -- limited the sale of the book in the U.S. and Canada.  Now Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird, " has accused her former agent, Samuel Pinkus, and others of trying to deprive her of royalties from the novel.
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By Dave Rosenthal | April 3, 2012
USA Network, the American Film Institute and Universal Pictures said today that President Barack Obama will introduce Saturday's airing of “To Kill A Mockingbird,“ the acclaimed adaptation of Harper Lee's acclaimed novel. The tale of lawyer Atticus Finch's battle against racial injustice still resonates with many today -- particularly in light of the Trayvon Martin demonstrations -- and Lee's simple prose makes the novel appropriate for a wide range of readers. The movie, considered one of the best literary adaptations ever made, brings home her powerful message.
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By Dave Rosenthal | April 3, 2012
USA Network, the American Film Institute and Universal Pictures said today that President Barack Obama will introduce Saturday's airing of “To Kill A Mockingbird,“ the acclaimed adaptation of Harper Lee's acclaimed novel. The tale of lawyer Atticus Finch's battle against racial injustice still resonates with many today -- particularly in light of the Trayvon Martin demonstrations -- and Lee's simple prose makes the novel appropriate for a wide range of readers. The movie, considered one of the best literary adaptations ever made, brings home her powerful message.
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October 5, 2002
Author Harper Lee greeted fans and posed for photos during a rare public appearance, but the 76-year-old author of To Kill a Mockingbird spoke for only a few moments while accepting the 2002 Alabama Humanities Award on Thursday in Birmingham. Lee's 1960 novel won the Pulitzer Prize and was the basis for a 1962 film that earned Gregory Peck a best-actor Oscar. When longtime friend and fellow author Wayne Greenhaw introduced her, the audience applauded for several minutes. All Lee said was: "Mr. Greenhaw has robbed me of words, so I'll say thank you from the bottom of my heart."
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By VICTORIA A. BROWNWORTH and VICTORIA A. BROWNWORTH,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 4, 2006
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee Charles J. Shields Henry Holt / 352 pages / $25 Questions have surrounded Harper Lee's iconic 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird - and its reclusive author - since its publication. The most consistent query has been whether Lee wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Rumors that her then-best friend Truman Capote was the real author have persisted for years, fueled in part by Lee's inability to finish another book despite claims for many years that she wrote 10 to 12 hours each day. Scholars of both writers have concluded that although Capote might have had a hand in the editing and shaping of the novel, his style and Lee's are too divergent to consider him the author.
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May 20, 2007
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee By Charles J. Shields Harper Lee caught the beauty of America with To Kill a Mockingbird, but has remained something of a mystery ever since. Charles J. Shields' portrait of her, Mockingbird, shows us a quietly reclusive, down-to-earth woman with an enormous gift and documents her struggle to live with that gift for the rest of her life. Shields' evocation of both the woman and her beautiful, sleepy and smoldering South are pitch perfect.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 28, 2005
JUST WHEN YOU MIGHT give up on young American film directors making art the way Bergman and Kurosawa did, along comes Bennett Miller's quiet, tumultuous Capote. It's a bleakly funny, profoundly unsettling depiction of Truman Capote as a young literary lion, or maybe an overgrown cub, on the scent of his Next Big Thing: a "non-fiction novel" about a Kansas murder. It begins as a deft high comedy about a cosmopolitan man of letters endearing himself to the boondocks. Then it expands into a heart-stabbing, dizzying examination of the exploitation that occurs in friendships, work relations, and the bond between a journalist and his subject.
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By New York Times News Service | March 3, 1993
BAY MINETTE, Ala. -- Walter McMillian walked out of a courtroom here yesterday a free man after prosecutors conceded that he had spent six years awaiting execution on Alabama's Death Row because of perjured testimony and evidence withheld from his lawyers.Whether he was also put there for being a black man who violated the racial and sexual taboos of the small-town South is only one of the issues swirling around the case, which has also raised larger questions of race and justice.Almost everything about Mr. McMillian's conviction in 1987 for the shooting death of an 18-year-old white female store clerk now seems extraordinary.
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December 23, 2008
ROBERT MULLIGAN, 83 Directed "To Kill a Mockingbird" Robert Mulligan, the Academy Award-nominated director of To Kill a Mockingbird who later helped launch the career of Reese Witherspoon, died Saturday at his home in Lyme, Conn. He had suffered from heart disease, his wife, Sandy, said yesterday. Mr. Mulligan was nominated for an Oscar for To Kill a Mockingbird, the adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a child's world shaken by the racism of a Southern town.
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May 20, 2007
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee By Charles J. Shields Harper Lee caught the beauty of America with To Kill a Mockingbird, but has remained something of a mystery ever since. Charles J. Shields' portrait of her, Mockingbird, shows us a quietly reclusive, down-to-earth woman with an enormous gift and documents her struggle to live with that gift for the rest of her life. Shields' evocation of both the woman and her beautiful, sleepy and smoldering South are pitch perfect.
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By VICTORIA A. BROWNWORTH and VICTORIA A. BROWNWORTH,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 4, 2006
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee Charles J. Shields Henry Holt / 352 pages / $25 Questions have surrounded Harper Lee's iconic 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird - and its reclusive author - since its publication. The most consistent query has been whether Lee wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Rumors that her then-best friend Truman Capote was the real author have persisted for years, fueled in part by Lee's inability to finish another book despite claims for many years that she wrote 10 to 12 hours each day. Scholars of both writers have concluded that although Capote might have had a hand in the editing and shaping of the novel, his style and Lee's are too divergent to consider him the author.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 28, 2005
JUST WHEN YOU MIGHT give up on young American film directors making art the way Bergman and Kurosawa did, along comes Bennett Miller's quiet, tumultuous Capote. It's a bleakly funny, profoundly unsettling depiction of Truman Capote as a young literary lion, or maybe an overgrown cub, on the scent of his Next Big Thing: a "non-fiction novel" about a Kansas murder. It begins as a deft high comedy about a cosmopolitan man of letters endearing himself to the boondocks. Then it expands into a heart-stabbing, dizzying examination of the exploitation that occurs in friendships, work relations, and the bond between a journalist and his subject.
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October 5, 2002
Author Harper Lee greeted fans and posed for photos during a rare public appearance, but the 76-year-old author of To Kill a Mockingbird spoke for only a few moments while accepting the 2002 Alabama Humanities Award on Thursday in Birmingham. Lee's 1960 novel won the Pulitzer Prize and was the basis for a 1962 film that earned Gregory Peck a best-actor Oscar. When longtime friend and fellow author Wayne Greenhaw introduced her, the audience applauded for several minutes. All Lee said was: "Mr. Greenhaw has robbed me of words, so I'll say thank you from the bottom of my heart."
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By Chris Kaltenbach | December 25, 1997
A magnificent performance from Gregory Peck and Horton Foote's understated screenplay help make "To Kill a HTC Mockingbird" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) a movie that won nearly universal acclaim, from both audiences and critics, when it was released in 1962.Based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Mockingbird" is the story of Atticus Finch, a highly principled Southern lawyer who's called upon to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman. It's also about his two children, Jem and Scout (Phillip Alford and Mary Badham)
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October 27, 2005
Capote Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as Truman Capote in a film that watches as the writer researches and pens his most celebrated book, In Cold Blood. Catherine Keener co-stars as lifelong friend Harper Lee. R. The Legend of Zorro Seven years after the last Zorro film, Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones return as the masked Mexican freedom fighter and his equally formidable wife. PG. Prime Uma Thurman is a new divorcee who's finding romance with a younger man, much to the consternation of her therapist (Meryl Streep)
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