Came through my Guardian app on my phone.
Harper Lee, whose 1961 novel To Kill a Mockingbird became a national institution and the defining text on the racial troubles of the American deep south, has died at the age of 89.
Lee, or Nelle as she was known to those close to her, had lived for several years in a nursing home less than a mile from the house in which she had grown up in Monroeville, Alabama – the setting for the fictional Maycomb of her famous book. Local sources were first reported by the news website al.com to have confirmed her death.
Until last year, Lee had been something of a one-book wonder. To Kill a Mockingbird, with its epic narrative about a small town lawyer Atticus Finch’s battle to save the life of a black resident, sold millions of copies around the world
I have been busy on the poetry, trying to convey the similarities of the poems (Owen and Borden) and there are some amazing similarities. Namely the ill health, exhaustion and bewilderment that contribute to the casualties of war. When you think how the Somme is described in slick fetid terms, is it any wonder that the ground eventually swallows people, drowning some of the battle-exhausted men?
As I mentioned last week, I was asked to watch All Quiet on the Western Front, but reading some of the book in class has made me buy it, as it is beautifully written and quite likely I will write an essay on it. I hear that Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong is a good read as well and used to be studied in tandem with the other book, although not on the syllabus this year. Anyway, finished the day on 656 - not a lot, but a LOT of close reading and some 'quality' writing :-)