Harper Lee Letters Heading to Auction
Twenty-nine Harper Lee letters to various friends and acquaintances are up for auction today, March 31, from Nate D. Sanders in Los Angeles, covering a wide range of topics.
One of the letter highlights is a missive Lee penned to a friend after a 1990 visit to Donald Trump's Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. Lee was... not impressed:
"...the worst punishment God can devise for this sinner is to make her spirit reside eternally at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City."
In another letter, Lee praises the novel Tuscaloosa by W. Glasgow Phillips. The novel, now out of print, but easily procured online, is set in Alabama in 1972 and follows a young man who falls in love with an inmate at a mental institution.
Lee writes of the novel, "Nowadays there's so damn little to praise, my heart leaps up when I behold a beautiful English sentence."
Lee also expresses her affection, in a separate letter, for Elise Sanguinetti, calling her "the finest of Alabama's writers."
The letters, to be sold separtely, have starting bids of $750. Online bidding is available on the Nate D. Sanders website.