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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, March 14, 2016

Will The Legacy Long Survive The Creator?

AvariceHarper Lee fit into one of the finest literary traditions by becoming a recluse after the smashing success of her first, and for a long time only, novel. Of course, that novel is To Kill A Mockingbird which has become a staple of American literature and, to this day, sells nearly a million copies per year. But those numbers might be dropping after the announcement that her estate ordered the cheapest paper back version to be discontinued. This announcement has been a shock to many since Lee was known to favor schools and children having easy access to the book. But any desires Lee might have had are now at an end since Lee's lawyer, Tonja Carter, has taken over and seeks to make more money off a creation with which she had not a thing to do. This action, along with other recent moves, has lead many to wonder is the impeccable legacy Lee left behind is being tarnished by those she empowered to manage her worldly possessions. But whatever the case, it is a shame that American children might now miss out on studying this classic because schools or parents cannot afford the additional cost.

See Colette Bancroft, Harper Lee's estate wants readers to pay more for 'Mockingbird', Tampa Bay Times, March 12, 2016.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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