MOCKINGBIRD A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields, (c) 2006. This is an autobiography of Nelle Harper Lee who wrote TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Nelle was quite the nonconformist growing up. I even think she may have been a closet gay woman. I thought she may have had an affair with her high school teacher. Now keep in mind I have a vivid imagination and I certainly can use it, this is just my idea I have no proof! She never dated or married, and kept to herself. She was quite masculine all her life. I admit to being bored in many chapters which I skipped over. I did
I did find out Dill in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD was modeled after Truman Capote her neighbor. Jem was modeled after her brother Edwin, and Atticus Finch was modeled after her father H.C. Lee. She wanted the book to be titled ATTICUS! The publisher wanted it called TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.