Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird
Title: Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Not Rated
Mary McDonagh Murphy’s Hey, Boo explores the To Kill a Mockingbird phenomenon and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding Harper Lee, including why she never published again. It also brings to light the context and history of the novel’s Deep South setting and the social changes it inspired after publication.
After more than half a century, To Kill a Mockingbird remains a beloved bestseller and quite possibly the most influential American novel of the 20th Century. Nearly one million copies are sold each year and the novel has been translated into more than forty languages. The film version, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, won a trio of Academy Awards.
Behind it all was a young Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said that all she wanted to be is the Jane Austen of South Alabama. Hey, Boo explores Lee’s life and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding her, including why she never published again.
Containing never-before-seen photos and letters and a rare interview with Lee’s sister, Alice Finch Lee, the film also brings to light the context and history of the novel’s setting in the Deep South and the social changes it inspired.
Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Wally Lamb, Anna Quindlen, Richard Russo, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Young and others reflect on the novel’s power, influence, and popularity, and the many ways it has shaped their lives.