There is no doubt that To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the great American novels. But many fans declare a tie between this novel and Gone With The Wind. Yes, both these novels are indeed amazing and most of the novel readers just love them. Even though there is no doubt about their quality, there are many conspiracy theories regarding who wrote it. Then who wrote the novel called To Kill A Mockingbird? Is it Truman Capote or is it Harper Lee?
To Kill A Mockingbird
There are many pieces of evidence on each side but we have to look more. First, let us look at some anecdotal evidence. When you read both books , you can make out the similarities. You can find similarities in tone, style, and even structure but this is not enough. If not, you can find some more evidence regarding the author. A decade back, they discovered a letter which was by Truman Capote for his aunt. This was just one year before the publication of this novel and it was the year 1959.
In the letter, he mentioned Lee’s book which he liked. Even though there is no name mentioned, some people believe that Capote had some contributions to this book. The only question is why he decided to keep his contribution a secret?
There was computerized testing conducted for this book. This was in the year 2015. This test followed the release of another book by Lee called ‘Go Set a Watchman’. They conducted some text analysis on these two books, Watchman and Mockingbird. They utilized some algorithm for comparing and searching both the works. This tests mainly paid attention to the influence and editing part. These tests announced that it was Lee who wrote both books and she is the undisputed author.
But Myth Is Persistent
But what about the myth? Why is it so persistent? Some people have the opinion that misogyny is the main culprit. Even though this seems to be a good reason, there are many more factors to consider.
The main reason is, Lee took over 60 years to publish another book. This is the major concern even though there is nothing wrong with this. It seems highly unusual for an author to take that much time. One more thing people think about is that the author’s friend is a very popular author and he is highly-celebrated as well. Unlike Lee, the friend is always in the limelight.
One more fact to consider here is, family members of Capote revealed that Capote was completely involved in writing the book ‘Mockingbird’. But, the big question is, why he did it? There is an allegation from Lee’s sister that Nelle Harper got a good Pulitzer prize and he didn’t get one. This was revealed in a documentary.
Even though tests have reported that it was Lee’s novel, some people are not ready to believe this.