American Masters: Harper Lee: Hey Boo
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American Masters: Harper Lee: Hey Boo

Friday, July 10 at 9:00 p.m.

Just days before the release of Harper Lee's earliest known work, Go Set a Watchman, explore the phenomenon behind To Kill a Mockingbird and the life of its Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Harper Lee.

Updated since its original 2012 premiere, this film offers an unprecedented look at Lee's life, illuminates the phenomenon behind To Kill a Mockingbird and the Oscar®-winning 1962 film adaptation and previews Go Set a Watchman, which Lee wrote in 1957.

The documentary features interviews with Lee's friends and family - including her centenarian sister Alice (now deceased) - who share intimate recollections, anecdotes and biographical details for the first time: Lee's rise from small-town Alabama girl to famous author, her tumultuous friendship with Truman Capote, and the origin of her most memorable characters: Atticus Finch, his daughter Scout, her friend Dill and Boo Radley.

Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey and others reflect on the novel’s power, influence, and popularity.

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society and the small Alabama town that shaped her

Pictured above: Gregory Peck and Mary Badham on the set of the film "To Kill a Mockingbird."
At right: Author Harper Lee, in the 1960s, visiting the courtroom in her Alabama hometown of Monroeville.