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Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee

Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee

作者 : Wayne Flynt

出版社 : HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

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定價 : NT 699

售價 : NT699

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哈波‧李是美國當代文壇頗負盛名且備受愛戴的知名作家之一,本書集結了她與一位密友的書信,透過她親筆寫下的文字,讀者得以一窺這位家喻戶曉卻相當神秘的知名作家內心世界,藉此描繪出她不可磨滅且從未曝光的一面。

美國南方暴力的種族主義,迫使韋恩‧佛林特遠離家鄉阿拉巴馬州。但隨著哈波‧李所寫的經典名著《梅岡城故事》(To Kill a Mockingbird)出版,書中充滿勇氣、社區與平權,啟發了他在二十世紀六十年代早期返鄉,並以記錄與教授阿拉巴馬歷史為業。他的寫作讓許多阿拉巴馬人產生共鳴,其中特別包括李家三姐妹:路易斯,愛麗絲,以及妮爾‧哈波‧李。從1983年他們第一次見面開始,對國家歷史與文學的彼此尊重和共同情感,交織融合成兩家人之間的深厚友誼,雙方家族都在阿拉巴馬世居超過五代之久。

佛林特與當時住在紐約的妮爾‧哈波‧李,開始互通書信。在這些真切、幽默又充滿見地的書信裡,他們交換故事、資訊,也交流對個人話題與專業議題的意見。他們聊彼此的家庭、書籍,談阿拉巴馬的歷史與社會價值、健康考量,甚至也討論他們的恐懼與成就。

他們早期大量的書信開頭,總是非常正式:「親愛的佛林特博士您好」。然而,隨著年復一年過去,他們對彼此的欽慕與日俱增,雙方交流變得比較親密且帶有感情,開頭變成「親愛的朋友」,結尾則是「妮爾,我愛妳」。透過長期的魚雁往返,李與佛林特兩家人彼此的生活已經變得密不可分、徹底沉浸在一起。

他們持續通信長達四分之一世紀之久,從1992年開始,直到2016年哈波‧李於二月逝世。整體而言,他們的書信用字遣詞優美且充滿智慧,提供另一種引人注目且鞭闢入裡的觀點與樣貌,供讀者一探哈波‧李的精神、內心與作品世界。

An indelible portrait of one of the most famous and beloved authors in the canon of American literature—a collection of letters between Harper Lee and one of her closest friends that reveals the famously private writer as never before, in her own words.

The violent racism of the American South drove Wayne Flynt away from his home state of Alabama, but the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic novel about courage, community, and equality, inspired him to return in the early 1960s and craft a career documenting and teaching Alabama history. His writing resonated with many Alabamians, in particular three sisters: Louise, Alice, and Nelle Harper Lee. Beginning with their first meeting in 1983, a mutual respect and affection for the state’s history and literature matured into a deep friendship between two families who can trace their roots there back more than five generations.

Flynt and Nelle Harper Lee began writing to one other while she was living in New York—heartfelt, insightful, and humorous letters in which they swapped stories, information, and opinions on topics both personal and professional: their families, books, Alabama history and social values, health concerns, and even their fears and accomplishments. Though their earliest missives began formally—"Dear Dr. Flynt"—as the years passed and their mutual admiration grew, their exchanges became more intimate and emotional, opening with "Dear Friend" and closing with "I love you, Nelle." Through their enduring correspondence, the Lees and the Flynts became completely immersed in each other’s lives.

Beautifully written, intelligent, and telling, this remarkable compendium of their letters—a correspondence that lasted for a quarter century, from 1992 until Harper Lee’s death in February 2016—offers an incisive and compelling look into the mind, heart, and work of one of the most beloved authors in modern literary history.

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作者介紹
Wayne Flynt
Dr. Wayne Flynt, professor emeritus in the department of history at Auburn University, is the author of thirteen books and one of the most recognized and honored scholars of Southern history, politics, and religion. He has won numerous teaching awards and has been a distinguished university professor for many years. He lives in Alabama.
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