How is the author's background related to To Kill a Mockingbird?anything about how the finch and harper lee are related and how maybe some same evets have happened. please help? and please explain.

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mstultz72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are some biographical connections to To Kill a Mockingbird:

  • Harper Lee grew up in Monroeville, Alabama--a small town similar to Maycomb.
  • Harper Lee was a tomboy--similar to Scout.
  • Harper Lee's father was a former newspaper editor--just like Mr. Underwood
  • Harper Lee's father was also a lawyer--just like Atticus.
  • Harper Lee is a lawyer--just like her father and Atticus.
  • Harper Lee was childhood friends with another famous author, Truman Capote--whom she characterized as Dill in the novel.

So says Enotes:

Although Harper Lee has long maintained that To Kill a Mockingbird is not autobiographical, critics have often remarked upon the striking similarities between the author's own childhood and that of her youthful heroine, Scout Finch. Nelle Harper Lee was born in 1926, the youngest of three children of Amasa Coleman Lee, a lawyer who practiced in the small town of Monroeville, Alabama. Like Scout, who could be bullied into submission with the remark that she was "gettin' more like a girl," Lee was "a rough 'n' tough tomboy," according to childhood friends.

Summers in Monroeville were brightened by the visits of youngTruman Capote who stayed with the Lees' next-door neighbors and who would later become well-known for his book In Cold Blood and for his short stories and novels, including Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The games young Nelle and her brother played with Capote were likely the inspiration for the adventures Scout and Jem had with Dill, their own "summer" friend.


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