Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman


In this full-length documentary, premiered by PBS as part of its American Masters program, Mary Murphy explores the enduring power, popularity & mystery that is Harper Lee.  She interviews Oprah Winfrey, Wally Lamb Anna Quindlen, James McBride and others, and with rare cooperation from Harper Lee’s family and friends tells the story of a novel that became an American classic. In the newest edition of the film, Harper Lee from Mockingbird to Watchman, Murphy examines the rediscovered novel and its place alongside To Kill A Mockingbird.

“Affecting… Fascinating. Ms. Winfrey gives the most eloquent reading of all.” (New York Times)

Order the film on iTunes here, or on DVD here with a special discount at First Run Features.

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As a companion to the film, Mary Murphy published the New York Times Bestseller Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird (HarperCollins).

In compelling interviews, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Oprah Winfrey, James Patterson, James McBride, Scott Turow, Wally Lamb, Andrew Young, Richard Russo, and others reflect on when they first read the novel, what it means to them—then and now—and how it has affected their lives and careers. Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a lively appreciation of the many ways in which the novel has made—and continues to make—a difference to generations of readers.

“You come away from Murphy’s book with a renewed amazement at what Lee was able to achieve with a single perfect novel.” (Entertainment Weekly)

Order the book here at Amazon or here at Barnes & Noble.