Advice from Harper Lee

A young fan of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ named Jeremy wrote to Harper Lee in 2006, and asked for a signed photo. He didn’t get one, but instead received this lovely piece of advice from the author that is far more precious.

06/07/06

Dear Jeremy

I don’t have a picture of myself, so please accept these few lines:

As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don’t think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, “I’m probably no better than you, but I’m certainly your equal.”

(Signed, ‘Harper Lee’)

One comment

  1. I have read most of the great American authors since I was a child. Harper Lee is my favorite. She had a story and told it. Maybe there was nothing more to say, who knows. I read Go Set A Watchman and gave it a great personal review. I can see why her publisher asked her to rewrite it from a child’s point of view. I know many folks my age that never read her book. Their mistake.

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