Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I Am Scout

Shields, Charles J. I am Scout: The biography of Harper Lee. New York: Henry Holt, 2008. Print.

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Annotation: I Am Scout is the aptly-named biography of Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize winning author of the much beloved To Kill A Mockingbird.

Review: Through personal letters, interviews, books, magazines, and newspaper articles, Shields has written a highly readable account of Pulitzer Prize winning author Harper Lee. Although she wrote just one novel, Lee is one of the most notable authors America has ever produced.

I Am Scout chronicles Lee’s birth and youth, which would later serve as the backdrop to Mockingbird, her (sometimes volatile) friendship with fellow author, Truman Capote, and her struggle to find normalcy after the publication of her book.

Most fascinating is Lee’s constant struggle to find herself and to feel comfortable in her own skin; this theme is addressed several times throughout the book. Interestingly, she once commented that she wanted to be the Jane Austen of south Alabama. It is worth considering how many budding authors have wanted to be the Harper Lee of American fiction.

ISBN-13:  9780805083347
ISBN-10: 0805083340 

Subject Headings: Lee, Harper -- Juvenile literature.  Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature. Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography. Young adult literature. 

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