Many Southern authors of Harper Lee's time period wrote very autobiographical works. This led me to wonder how much Harper Lee's personal life was reflected in the narrative of To Kill A Mockingbird. After some research, I was not able to find much. However, I found some information to suggest that she had lived near the location of an event like the one written about in To Kill A Mockingbird; her father was a lawyer, like Atticus; she was a tomboy, like Scout; and she had a neighbor down the street who left things in trees, similar to what Boo Radley does in the book. I have not found sources that go into a greater analysis of the similarities. This leads me to ask:

How did Lee's personal experience affect the narrative of To Kill A Mockingbird?

  • Where did you find that information?
    – muru
    Feb 17, 2017 at 10:44
  • @muru Reading Harper Lee's wikipedia page and this.
    – Benjamin
    Feb 17, 2017 at 10:47
  • the second link seems to be paywalled. Wikipedia goes on to quote Truman Capote for another similarity.
    – muru
    Feb 17, 2017 at 10:52
  • @muru I will try to add that in, as to the other link, I don't have an account, but I can view it.
    – Benjamin
    Feb 17, 2017 at 10:53
  • The book takes place in Alabama, and the author grew up in Monroeville, Alabama. Atticus Finch is an attorney who defends a Black man accused of rape. The author's father is an attorney who defended two Black men accused of murdering a white storekeeper.
    – user17731
    Dec 31, 2022 at 17:51


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