On November 8th, the auction of a letter to a fan written by Harper Lee gives us some clues about her historic Civil Rights novel, To Kill A Mockingbird.
Where, oh where is Maycomb County? We are just dying to know!
In the letter Lee writes the following:
You ask me where Maycomb County is, where the Landing is—the only answer I can give you is that Maycomb County is in my heart and the Landing is in my imagination. If, in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” I persuaded you that those places are real, that means I have succeeded in my profession, which is writing fiction.
That’s nice! You are a great writer, Harper, because I swear I thought it was a real place…it just seemed so familiar…like it was on the tip of my tongue…
So strange! It was all in your mind…I see that now. I really do. But I mean, the inspiration for such a place had to have come from somewhere, right?
Perhaps Lee’s imagination is so fruitful, she could provide us with some sort of rendering of this place? Like Tolkein’s Mordor and Middle Earth, an intricate fantasy world from which Mockingbird has come?