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Harper Lee, the gift that keeps on giving

The real story behind Harper Lee’s lost true crime book [The Guardian Books]


And while she had refrained from publicly disparaging Capote’s “nonfiction novel”, she privately thought it was an abomination. In a letter to his fact-checker at the New Yorker, she lamented: “Truman’s having long ago put fact out of business had made me despair of ‘factual’ accounts of anything.” And yet it seems she hadn’t fully despaired of factual accounts. Despite having made a name for herself as a novelist, she decided to write a true crime book, one in which just-the-facts journalism might make for a page-turner as good as In Cold Blood.

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