Friday, August 19, 2011

Six Degrees of Separation from Harper Lee

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Through my book reviewing work, I recently became acquainted with Sam Oglesby, an author of two books, Encounters and Postcards from the Past.

We talked recently, and he told me about an article he'd written about Alice Lee, the sister of author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Alice Lee is an attorney, and "thought to be the oldest practicing woman lawyer in the United States."


Here is a sample paragraph:
In the Deep South, where much of the population has never stopped fighting the Civil War, Miss Alice and her family espoused values that were ahead of the times in which they lived. While Miss Alice is quiet and reserved, her family nickname, “Bear”, speaks of her character. “Miss Alice will always do the right thing in any situation, even if the right thing is hard. She is Atticus Finch in a skirt” says Dr. Butts, referring to the small town lawyer hero in her sister’s best-selling novel. She is a leading example of progressive, quietly combative white Southerners who helped to integrate the South. It is the Alice Lees of the world whose constant witness to the truth saves us from falling back into old evils which are buried but not dead.
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