Looking for Harper Lee: An Essay
By Mark Childress
Published: April 19, 2012.
Novelist Mark Childress (Crazy in Alabama, Georgia Bottoms) happened to be born in Monroeville, Alabama--a town Harper Lee called Maycomb when she wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. For years as a journalist, Childress was told to pursue an interview with the reclusive author, who refused all entreaties. This essay describes the importance of her novel to Southern fiction and why Lee remains a mystery.