This biography is awesome.Ã‚Â It intrigues me that a womanÃ‚Â who defined her existence by writingÃ‚Â (even as a child) could turn out To Kill a Mockingbird then not publish another piece of text for the next 47 years.
In keeping with the preceeding post (From the Walls of John Wooden)Ã‚Â I steal this excerpt from Shields’s portrait of Harper Lee to share with you:
“…Lee went to New York in 1949 to become a writer.Ã‚Â She spent eight years at odd jobs until friends loaned her enough money to live on for a year so that she could write full-time.Ã‚Â Even so, the manuscript she showed Tay Hohoff, an editor at J.B. Lippincott, resembled a string of stories instead of a novel.Ã‚Â Two and a half years of rewriting followed, under Hohoff’s guidance.Ã‚Â At last, To Kill a Mockingbird was completed and slated for publication in July 1960.”
So, I suppose those us on the cusp of publication shouldn’t feel weakened by that status, but informed by the lives of people like Lee.Ã‚Â Put this one on your TBR list.Ã‚Â It’ll be worth your time.
Because I love history, I read a lot of books that walk me back through the past.Ã‚Â One thing I’ve noticed about these books and their authors is they dredge up the most obscure vocabulary words that it makes me wonder if historians and biographers inhabit a completely different world.Ã‚Â Maybe they just don’t get enough Us magazine and American Idol in their daily diet.Ã‚Â
I don’t have a bad vocabulary.Ã‚Â As a matter of fact I scored 9/10 on the AOL vocabulary test with the word Pheolm or something like that that relates to plants being the only word that tripped me up.Ã‚Â But who needs that word for the perusing of Us Magazine or Mockingbird?Ã‚Â Let’s be honest, here.
But Mockingbird has presented me with a rats nest of words I’ve never heard of.Ã‚Â Much like when I read the book The Mellon Family, a few years ago, I got a bit into Mockingbird and found a plethora of unfamiliar words.Ã‚Â So as per The Mellon Family, I started circling the words I didn’t know to go back to later.Ã‚Â At the risk of being viewed as dumber than I might already be seen, but in the spirit of Wooden and Lee I’m going to list some of the words in Mockingbird I didn’t know.Ã‚Â Tell me if you know them.Ã‚Â Don’t worry.Ã‚Â I can use the humbling.
Vocab Lesson 1Ã‚Â
(click on pulchritude if you want access to the online dictionary.Ã‚Â I’m sure you won’t need it.)
Now that I know what they mean, I’m going to slip them into my WIP and whomever finds them when it’s published will get five cents and an extra mention at the housewifecafe.Ã‚Â
So, how did you do?Ã‚Â How dumb do you make me look?