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Recently, I read the new biography of Harpur Lee, the famous author of To Kill a Mockingbird. As some critics know, Lee accompanied Capote to western Kansas, and was responsible for getting certain people to talk to them. It wasn't easy, as Capote (surprise!) came across as very arrogant. She did a lot of the basic research, and, it seems, even some of the writing. For all her efforts, she was barely mentioned in the final product. So much of the book was corrupted by "literary" concerns and Capote's apparent crush on one of the killers. The result" A very compromised, though highly readable, book. Which was unfortunate, because how could you mess up such interesting material? It was fascinating on its own merits. There was no reason to "sex it up" with a lot of fiction and falsehoods.

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