Happy Birthday, Harper Lee!
Writer Harper Lee (died 2016) was born on this day in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. Below: a very selective bibliography of works on law in her most famous fictional work, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Tim Dare, Lawyers, Ethics, and To Kill a Mockingbird, 25 Philosophy and Literature 127-141 (2001).
Julia L. Ernst, Women in Litigation Literature: The Exoneration of Mayella Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird, 47 Akron L. Rev. 1019 (2014-2015).
Claudia Johnson, The Secret Courts of Men’s Hearts: Code and Law in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, 19 Studies in American Fiction 129-139 (1991).
Steven Lubet, Reconstructing Atticus Finch, 97 Mich. L. Rev. 1339-1362 (1999).
Maureen E. Markey, Natural Law, Positive Law, and Conflicting Social Norms in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, 32 N.C. Cent. L. Rev. 162 (2009-2010).
John Jay Osborn, Jr., Atticus Finch–The End of Honor: A Discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird, 30 U.S.F. L. Rev. 1139 (1995-1996).
Teresa Godwin Phelps, The Margins of Maycomb: A Rereading of To Kill a Mockingbird, 45 Ala. L. Rev. 511 (1993-1994). Part of a Symposium on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, 45 Alabama Law Review (Winter 1994).
Reimagining To Kill a Mockingbird: Family, Community, and the Possibility of Equal Justice Under Law (Austin Sarat and Martha Merrill Umphrey, eds., University of Massachusetts Press, 2013).
Austin Sarat and Martha Merrill Umphrey, Temporal Horizons: On the Possibilities of Law and Fatherhood in To Kill a Mockingbird, 27 Cultural Studies 30-48 (2012).
R. O. Stephens, The Law and the Code in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, 1 Southern Cultures 215 (1995).
Allan W. Vestal, The Other Lawyer in the Courtroom: The Prosecutor in To Kill a Mockingbird, Miss. L.J. 167 (2016-2017).
And on law in Go Set a Watchman.
M. Crow, A Wrinkle in Maycomb County: Law, Equity, and Conscience in Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, 47 Cumb. L. Rev. 37 (2016-2017).