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Harper Lee: American Masters

About the Documentary

Updated May 26, 2015 One of the most influential American novels of the 20th century and biggest bestsellers of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) was believed to be the first and only novel by Nelle Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926), until now. On July 14, HarperCollins will release Lee’s earliest known work, […]

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Outtakes: Is Gone With The Wind Literature?

Scholars and devoted readers of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 classic novel have been arguing the book’s literary merits for decades. An outtake from Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel.

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Outtakes: Pulitzer Prize Night

Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in the spring of 1937 for Gone With the Wind, to the dismay of some critics and the delight of others. Mitchell received news of the prize by phone, along with multiple requests for interviews. Hating publicity, she fled to a gospel concert at a small black church in […]

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Outtakes: The Grand Premiere

The premiere of the blockbuster movie Gone With the Wind took place in Atlanta on December 15, 1939. With crowds swelling to the hundreds of thousands, it was apparent the South had been waiting a long time for this moment. For many, Margaret Mitchell’s story of survival helped to redeem the South from decades of […]

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Outtakes: Pat Conroy – My Mother and Gone With The Wind

One of the great writers of our time, Pat Conroy tells a poignant story of growing up in the South and listening to his mother read Gone With the Wind with heartfelt emotion and joy. The author of The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini and The Lords of Discipline attributes his mother’s impassioned love […]

Harper Lee: American Masters

Excerpt from Director Mary Murphy’s Scout, Atticus, and Boo

In an excerpt from her book, “Scout, Atticus, and Boo,” that would lead to the documentary AMERICAN MASTERS Harper Lee: Hey Boo, director Mary Murphy details the the way that biographical elements worked their way into the creation and success of Harper Lee’s literary classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Harper Lee: American Masters

Outtakes: Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb, author of the critically acclaimed She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True and former Director of Creative Writing at  University of Connecticut, discusses Scout’s universally sympathetic voice and the ways in which To Kill a Mockingbird and all literature can act as an agent of change. Harper Lee: Hey Boo […]

Harper Lee: American Masters

Outtakes: Allan Gurganus

Allan Gurganus, author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and The Practical Heart, discusses the ways that Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird influenced him as an adolescent. The novelist’s ability to distill national issues into a local, familiar setting, he says, made him excited about literature. Harper Lee: Hey Boo airs Monday […]

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

About the Documentary

Margaret Mitchell was no ordinary writer. The one book she published in her lifetime – Gone With the Wind – sold millions of copies at the height of the Great Depression in America and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937, 75 years ago.  With over 30 million copies sold to date, it is one of […]