Harper Lee: American Masters

Harper Lee Meeting: Exclusive Report from Filmmaker

Filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy (left), with Harper Lee (center) and Lee's friend Joy Brown (right) on June 30, 2015. Credit: 2015 Mary Murphy Company LLC

Filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy (left), with Harper Lee (center) and Lee's friend Joy Brown (right) on June 30, 2015. Credit: 2015 Mary Murphy Company LLC

UPDATED JULY 21
The rights term to stream this exclusive report on American Masters expired July 20. The 13-minute report is an extra on the DVD Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman, by Mary McDonagh Murphy, available through independent film distributor First Run Features. For Murphy’s insight to Harper Lee and Go Set a Watchman, watch our Live Q&A video from July 13, 2015.

UPDATED JULY 13

Harper Lee: American Masters documentary filmmaker and author Mary McDonagh Murphy met with Harper Lee and Lee’s close friend and benefactor Joy Brown on June 30, 2015, in Monroeville, Alabama at The Prop & Gavel restaurant prior to the publication of Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman. In an American Masters web exclusive, Murphy reports on her meeting with Lee about the new novel and shares interviews with Lee’s lawyer, Tonja B. Carter, Lee’s current literary agent, Andrew Nurnberg, and Lee’s friend Wayne Flynt, an Alabama historian. The report features never-before-seen photos of Lee, who when presented with a printed copy of her new novel for the first time, remarked, “Wonderful.”

Go Set a Watchman centers on Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, the young protagonist from To Kill a Mockingbird, as she returns to Maycomb, Alabama as a grown woman in the 1950s.

The author of Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird, Murphy was able to read an advance copy of the new novel and will appear in a Live Q&A tonight, July 13 at approximately 7 pm ET. Watch here. Tweet your questions with #HarperLeePBS to be considered for the Live Q&A.

American Masters presented a newly updated version of Emmy®-winning filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy’s 2012 documentary Harper Lee: Hey, Boo, broadcast as Harper Lee: American Masters on Friday, July 10 on PBS (check local listings for repeats).