Afternoons with Harper Lee


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NewSouth Books
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5.6 X 8.1 X 1.2 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

WAYNE FLYNT is a southern historian and educator who retired after teaching for decades at Auburn University, where he directed more than sixty graduate programs. He has lectured at Sichuan University in China, at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, at the universities of Newcastle, Oxford, Cambridge, and Sussex in Great Britain, at the Franklin Roosevelt Center in The Netherlands, and at the University of Vienna. He is the author of fourteen books dealing with Southern politics, history, white poverty, and culture (religion, art, music, literature). His numerous awards include the Rembert Patrick Award for Florida History, the Lillian Smith Prize for Nonfiction from the Southern Regional Council, the Alabama Library Association Award for non-fiction (three times), the C. Vann Woodward/John Hope Franklin Prize by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Award for Excellence in Writing, a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize (1989), and the Alabama Governor's Award for the Arts.


No biography of any person has made me feel so palpably that I sat with its subject as Wayne Flynt's Afternoons with Harper Lee. NewSouth Books has given us a seat next to one of the most important writers, globally, of the last hundred years. Flynt's contextualizing of his (and our) visits with important information about both local and national time and place completes the experience.--Sena Jeter Naslund "author of Four Spirits, Ahab's Wife and seven others"
The winter of Harper Lee's life was rich, spirited, and opinionated. In Afternoons with Harper Lee, her friend Wayne Flynt captures memories of their friendship and tells about the challenges of fame she faced until her death. Candid, heartfelt, and insightful, Flynt allows us to see the human side of a beloved literary icon.--Donna Paz Kaufman, Story & Song Bookstore Bistro
Often described as reclusive, Nelle Harper Lee was warm and genial with close friends such as Southern historian Wayne Flynt. Based on a decade of delightful conversations and shared storytelling in the Southern tradition, Afternoons with Harper Lee reveals the multi-faceted personality -- witty, caustic, generous, self-deprecating, kind, searingly honest -- of one of our nation's most revered writers.--Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer prize-winning columnist "coauthor of The Southernization of America"
Many people have written books about Harper Lee. Wayne Flynt knew her better than any of them. This is a fond and very personal portrait, full of stories and laughter. The lady's unique astringent voice comes through loud and clear. Nelle Harper lee would have loved this book, and so do I.--Mark Childress "author of Crazy in Alabama and Georgia Bottoms"
Afternoons with Harper Lee is a celebration of friendship, literature, and how place and history shape us all. It's full of wisdom, love, and loss--heartbreaking and heart-healing in equal measure. I so enjoyed this book!--Daniel Wallace "author of Big Fish"
For sixty-four long afternoons, Wayne Flynt, his wife Dartie, and Harper Lee sat and talked away the day, revisiting the subjects of sharecroppers and old courthouses and busy New York streets and the wider world. Flynt wrote down those memories and offers them to us in what is a true open window into the life of one of the South's most private icons. This is no deep dive into Harper Lee, but a warm, easy visit with her in the twilight of her life. Flynt also recently lost his beloved wife. This book is a monument to her and Harper Lee and a South we will never see again.--Rick Bragg, bestselling author of twelve books on the American South
Though Nelle's world became smaller in her later years, the stories told in Afternoons with Harper Lee reveal much about the vibrancy of her wit, insight, and powers of description and self-deprecation which defined her to the end. Thanks to Wayne Flynt for giving us such an admirable portrait of this great, complicated, and most famous writer.--Paul Dewey, Neale Harper Lee friend and correspondent "son of In Cold Blood Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent Al Dewey"