It’s the question that launched Book Dreams: What did Harper Lee do all day in the fifty-plus years

Finally, after years of speculation, we have an answer! Casey Cep--staff writer at The New Yorker, graduate of Harvard University and the University of Oxford, and author of Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee--joins Eve and Julie to talk about Harper Lee’s surprising life in a conversation that ranges from New York’s Upper East Side to the courthouses and salt licks of Alabama. We explore her abiding need for privacy, her lifelong friendship with Truman Capote, and her half-century struggle to write the next book.






Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud,

and the Last Trial of Harper Lee


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Furious Hours

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Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee

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Truman Capote

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Maxwell Perkins, Editor (Fitzgerald, Hemmingway, Wolfe and more)

Tay Hohoff, Editor (Harper Lee)

Thomas Wolfe

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Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Julie Sternberg

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