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Symposium Club meets

Symposium Club meets

Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013 8:00 pm

The Symposium Club gathered recently in the lovely English country home of Paula Chapman for its February meeting.
Lelia Warner served a delicious strawberry cake with coffee to the 14 members who were present.
Rosalee Thompson chose to review the life and work of Harper Lee, the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which is a deeply moving and poignant story about childhood innocence as a young girl and her brother try to understand the nature of violence and prejudice. Lee explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930’s.
She has written nothing else since and turned into an almost total recluse. She has lived the past five decades in seclusion.
It is clear that a lot of the book is autobiographical. In her hometown, where the story is staged, there was a sharp criticism of the book as it became a bestseller. People recognized people they knew in the book. She got hate mail. The critics included members of her own family.
When asked why she never wrote another book, she is quoted as saying, “I wouldn’t go through the pressure and publicity that I went through with ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ for any amount of money. I have said what I wanted to say and I will not say it again.”
It has sold nearly 40,000,000 copies and is the No. 2 best seller of all time, behind the Bible.
The March meeting will be at the home of Mary Elizabeth Nohsey, with Martha Carole Nichols serving as co-hostess. Charlotte Erwin will present the program.

Published in The Messenger 3.8.13

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