December 21, 2010

Harper Lee’s Generous Gift

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The following story, written by beloved southern author Harper Lee, was published in McCall’s Magazine in 1961. Because of the age of the piece and the fact that McCall’s is no longer in publication, I’m not really sure how the copyright works, but I just wanted to share it for the sake of Christmas (I’m not taking any credit for it or making any money from this post). Please give it a read…As a wanna-be writer, the prospect of something like this happening is sort of a dream.

[UPDATE: I was informed that posting the entire story here was indeed a copyright violation SO I took it down. My apologies to Ms. Lee, I would never try to take any credit for anything you had written.....and I'm sure nobody could ever mistake your wonderful words for mine anyway. Here is an updated link to the story via the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Website/Institute of Museum & Library Services.]

In case you are wondering, in the year that her friends gifted her, Harper Lee wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Their support allowed the world to know a truly wonderful gem. I can’t say that anything like this has ever happened to me on such a grand scale, but there are plenty of people in my life who believe in me and support me in other ways. Whatever your dream may be, why not consider permitting someone to believe in you? How do you know that the next masterpiece isn’t within you, just waiting to be created?

16 comments:

  1. What a wonderful story! That is just amazing!

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  2. You made my YEAR, by sharing this. I loved it so much! Thanks.

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  3. I consider myself a fan of Lee but did not know this. Thanks for sharing. And aren't we all so glad for the envelope that was on that tree?

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  4. Thanks for making me cry at work!! :-) What an absolutely beautiful , touching story! Thank you so much for sharing it. I hope to be able to display that much belief in those I love and wonder if I would allow myself to receive such faith. Amazing! This will not leave me for a long time!!!

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  5. I saw this on Facebook and already commented, but when I saw what you said here, it REALLY made me say, ARRRGGHH.

    "(I’m not taking any credit for it or making any money from this post). Please give it a read…As a wanna-be writer, the prospect of something like this happening is sort of a dream."

    So to follow your logic, if you publish a story or article in a magazine someday, you are not going to mind if bloggers lift your work and post it online without paying you?

    Sorry to be on my soapbox here, but if nothing else--isn't violating another writer's copyright bad karma when it comes to your prospects as an author?

    I hope I don't come across as mean-spirited. I don't mean to. But I think all of us who write--in any public forum--have a duty to be good stewards of the words of others.

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  6. An awesome story! Still, I would love to see New York at Christmastime! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. This is a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Of all the Southern gems you've celebrated, this may be my favorite. I'd never heard this story - what a great one!

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  9. If you had not of posted this I would never have had the chance to read it..... thank you for sharing this remarkable story... I believe Harper would say, "Bravo Kate for keeping my words alive"
    P.S. I give you the world... because your best days are ahead surrounded by spectacular memories of the past.

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  10. Anon 3:10--you do know that Harper Lee is still alive?

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  11. I've removed the story from the post. So sorry to anyone who feels that it was posted in poor taste or without regard to the author.

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  12. The previous poster was correct. Further, removing the text from your site and linking to a similarly unauthorized site is still illegal.

    It's not a matter of someone's feeling or opinion. It is the law.

    Only Harper Lee has the right--through material, electronic, or other means--to publish this work. Your publication by proxy through a link does not release you from liability here.

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  13. Suzi...I take you at your word that you aren't intending to be mean-spirited, but I must say it does come across that way. Why make accusations that SBS is doing something to incite "bad karma" when it's obvious from what she writes that that isn't her intention at all. If you just wanted to let you know a piece of information about copyright laws, that could have been done in a polite way in a private message to HER on facebook.
    And if I may be so bold..I would say that SBS would be THRILLED if she wrote a story in a magazine that almost 50 years later still touched hearts enough that a blogger wanted to share it, giving full credit to the original author.

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  14. Absolutely loved this story! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

    Merry Christmas,
    Candace

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  15. Wish there was some way to remove all the self appointed copyright police from trolling sites. I am sure Harper lee isn't speaking through either of these trolls and if they wanted to speak constructively would have sent a simple message to the blog owner.

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Lay it on me y'all!