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Sives began formally Dear Dr Flynt as the years passed and their mutual admiration grew their exchanges became intimate and emotional opening with Dear Friend and closing with I love you Nelle Through their enduring correspondence the Lees and the Flynts became completely immersed in each other’s livesBeautifully written intelligent and telling this remarkable compendium of their letters a correspondence that lasted for a uarter century from 1992 until Harper Lee’s death in February 2016 offers an incisive and compelling look into the mind heart and work of one of the most beloved authors in modern literary histor. Back when we all used to write letters I wrote my share and then some and I received plenty in return I recall one special day near the end of summer just before my senior year in high school when I got seven letters in the mail from seven different girls Hot dogAnd then the Internet and email came along and it seems my ability to express myself in writing began to dwindle atrophying to the point where now I haven t written a letter in years And that s too bad I suppose But like many people I have held onto the letters I received bundling them up with rubber bands in old shoe boxes down on the shelves in the basement I assume many of my letters are likewise stored away in other people s basementsFortunately none of these people are famous and nobody else in the whole wide world could give two good goddams about my correspondence with them And therein lies a certain blessing I will never suffer the ethical and moral conundrum of whether or not I could or should publish these private letters Heck I m really not even that interested in their contents myself The truth of the matter is that these letters are probably really really boring The only reason I keep them is out of some weird and misguided hoarderish impulseSo here s Wayne Flynt professor of history at the University of Auburn Through his relationship with Louise Lee Conner he becomes acuainted with her younger sister world famous author of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee with whom he exchanges letters in the early 90s A decade later they begin a pleasant correspondence which lasted until just before Lee s death in 2016 Over the course of the correspondence barriers are lowered and a comfortable closeness of sorts is gradually established Flynt and Lee write about friends and family as well as Alabama history and its politics and both the weather and physical ailments are freuent topics of conversation Pleasantries are exchanged Roy Moore is scorned arrangements for visits and whatnot are planned and thus it goes for about twenty yearswhich is pretty much what one might expect from the private letters of most human beings In fact reading Harper Lee s letters some times I was reminded of my grandmother s letters that always accompanied the birthday cards she sent me each yearAnd while nobody in their right mind would want to read a collection of my grandmother s letters as these were the letters of Harper Lee world famous author of To Kill a Mockingbird well Wayne Flynt had a real conundrum on his hands He knew uite well how much Harper Lee valued her privacy He knew her feelings about biographies and biographers and he especially knew this because in his letters to her he had floated the idea of compiling an oral history with her and if she didn t want to do the conversations with him he suggested she might record them with a nephew or other family member an oral history that would not be published until after her death he assured her However each time he mentions the oral history project in a letter her silence in response to him is deafening She doesn t even address his suggestions of an oral history in her responses So Flynt has to know from her reticence that she really wouldn t be at all interested in having Flynt print their private correspondence eitherBut still think of it Harper Lee And every now and then in those letters amidst her pleasantries and complaints about failing eyesight she drops in a biographical nugget or two or tosses off an observation about Truman Capote or savages the despicable Charles Shields for that biography of her he had the nerve to publish How could anyone resist the temptation of printing these letters to share with the whole wide world Well poor Wayne Flyntsuch a dilemma Ultimately he decided to share those letters with the world and I m going to give him four stars for his less than noble behavior just like I did for Marja Mills and her even egregious abuse of Harper Lee s privacy in The Mockingbird Next Door Mills book is far interesting as far as giving the rest of us Nosey Parkers a sneak peek into Harper Lee s world Most of these letters Flynt provides us with would be as boring as those letters from my grandmother if they hadn t been written by Harper Lee But still if you are a Harper Lee fan you should read them You won t gain a lot of insight into the author but Flynt provides a context for the letters and gives us his observations of his interactions with her And just like with Marja Mills s book this is a lot than we knew about the author without the bookLee is dead I get it In fact one of the interesting sections of the book is the eulogy that Flynt wrote and read at Lee s funeral per her reuest And some folks might say I am being a little hard on old Wayne Flynt this Alabama historian with a direct pipeline to one of Alabama s most precious resources unrelated to football But just think about itwe really don t need these letters Harper Lee most likely would not have approved of their publication and the friendship established with this elderly woman near the end of her life ultimately should have dictated a different course of action on the part of Flynt Maybe I m just being naive but he might have donated the letters to the University of Alabama s special collections after his death instead of publishing them in a book that Lee wouldn t not have approved of while he was still aliveSo yeah there is something a little cheap and tawdry about this book knowing what we know about Harper Lee The Browns must have a tremendous collection of Lee s letters Thomas Butts must have corresponded with her over the years Marcia Van Meter must have letters that would be fascinating to the world And yet none of these confidantes of Harper Lee have published her letters to themI m not going to claim this is a sin on the part of Wayne Flynt It s nothing like the sick cash grab perpetrated against Lee by her lawyer and agent who sprang her rough draft Go Set a Watchman on the public after Lee has been satisfied for decades letting it moulder in a safety deposit box Near the end of his book Flynt describes Lee s response to the release of GSAW and he does a nice job capturing her ambivalent response to its publication And as I said there is nothing as egregious in Flynt s behavior here as in what Marja Mills did to the elderly Lee sisters However a part of me thinks Flynt should have left those letters in whatever shoebox he had stored them in and been content with the simple correspondence he had been blessed by through his friendship with this remarkable old womanHere s my disdainful review rejecting the publication of Watchman here s my prurient response to Mills book

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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 wordsThe violent racism of the American South drove Wayne Flynt away from his home state of Alabama but the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee’s classic novel about courage community and euality inspired him to return in the early 1960s and craft a career documenting and teaching Alabama history His writing resonated with many Alabamians in particular three sist. Mockingbird Songs Morning Has BrokenIt does not surprise me that Alabama Historian Wayne Flynt would be among Belle Harper Lee s circle of friends Flynt is the author of Poor but Proud Alabama s Poor Whites and Alabama in the Twentieth Century He is especially known for documenting life in Alabama during the Great Depression which happens to be the setting of To Kill a MockingbirdFlynt s entry to the Lee family did not begin with the beloved author but her sister Louise Connor who lived in Eufaula AlabamaMore to follow Imagimorphia reveals the famously private writer as never before in her own wordsThe violent The Book of Beginnings racism of the American South drove Wayne Flynt away from his home state of Alabama but the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee’s classic novel about courage community and euality inspired him to The Homelanders (The Homelanders, return in the early 1960s and craft a career documenting and teaching Alabama history His writing Lila and Alex short story. X-Rated. resonated with many Alabamians in particular three sist. Mockingbird Songs Morning Has BrokenIt does not surprise me that Alabama Historian Wayne Flynt would be among Belle Harper Lee s circle of friends Flynt is the author of Poor but Proud Alabama s Poor Whites and Alabama in the Twentieth Century He is especially known for documenting life in Alabama during the Great Depression which happens to be the setting of To Kill a MockingbirdFlynt s entry to the Lee family did not begin with the beloved author but her sister Louise Connor who lived in Eufaula AlabamaMore to follow

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Ers Louise Alice and Nelle Harper Lee Beginning with their first meeting in 1983 a mutual respect and affection for the state’s history and literature matured into a deep friendship between two families who can trace their roots there back than five generationsFlynt and Nelle Harper Lee began writing to one other while she was living in New York heartfelt insightful and humorous letters in which they swapped stories information and opinions on topics both personal and professional their families books Alabama history and social values health concerns and even their fears and accomplishments Though their earliest mis. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorites so when I saw this collection of letters I knew I had to read itWayne Flynt Auburn University history professor chronicles his friendship with the Lee family through the letters he exchanged with Alice Louise and Nelle Harper Lee At a time when Harper Lee was being recognized and but wanted to be in the spotlight less and less Flynt would be her voice and often championed for her privacy and personal space Flynt was an Alabama historian and in a way became a To Kill a Mockingbird historian as well becoming so close to Nelle Harper Lee that he delivered the eulogy at her funeralTo Kill a Mockingbird rings true to the human experience it is not just a story of a fictional Maycomb Alabama Many universal ideas are present in Mockingbird such as racial justice class disparity differencestolerance and community which are taught to Jem and Scout by their father Atticus as well as students everywhere who read Ms Lee s masterpiece In addition there are many moral values imbedded in To Kill a Mockingbird tolerance kindness civility charity justice courage to face down wrongs and compassion to love others despite their flaws These are lessons that all can apply to life today Finally Atticus s humanity still has truth today The one thing that doesn t abide by majority rule is a person s conscience


10 thoughts on “Mockingbird Songs

  1. says:

    45 StarsWayne Flint offers a glimpse into the private Harper Lee through his “Mockingbird Songs My Friendship With Harper Lee” When I first heard about this I had no interest in reading some exposé of Harper L

  2. says:

    I picked this up at the library but was sceptical I thought it might be someone else trying to cash in on Harper Lee's life and deat

  3. says:

    Mockingbird Songs Morning Has BrokenIt does not surprise me that Alabama Historian Wayne Flynt would be among Belle Harper Lee's circle of friends Flynt is the author of Poor but Proud Alabama's Poor Whites and Alabama in the Twentieth Century He is especially known for documenting life in Alabama during the Grea

  4. says:

    To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorites so when I saw this collection of letters I knew I had to read itWayne Flynt Auburn University history professor chronicles his friendship with the Lee family through the letters he exchanged with Alice Louise and Nelle Harper Lee At a time when Harper Lee was being recognized

  5. says:

    Harper Lee a very private person preferred letter writing as her only communicationLetters to and fro from Harper to Wayne Flynt as fellow writer and to her older sister AliceIn the South they held great importance to belonging to the Baptists or the MethodistsHer letters were insightful stories and humor They lasted for a uarter

  6. says:

    If you could have dinner with any historical figure who would it be? For me it's Ms Lee She could talk or not about anything at all and I would be captivated Mockingbird Songs is probably as close as I will ever get to fu

  7. says:

    Back when we all used to write letters I wrote my share and then some and I received plenty in return I recall one special day near the end of summer just before my senior year in high school when I got seven letters in the mail from seven different girls Hot dogAnd then the Internet and email came along and it seems my ability to express myself in writing began to dwindle atrophying to the point where now I haven't wr

  8. says:

    Loved this look at the relationship between Harper Lee and the author Wayne Flynt Mr Flynt is professor emeritus in the department of history at Auburn University and one of the most recognized and honored scholars of Southern history politic

  9. says:

    Excellent What better way to become better acuainted with Harper Lee than to read the letters she wrote to a dear and trusted friend Thank you Wayne Flynt

  10. says:

    Four or five stars? Whatever's up there I really liked this book Wayne Flynt is a retired history professor at Auburn whose primary academic int

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