Letter: Harper Lee's Advice on Living a Good Life


If you write to notoriously media-shy To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee seeking an autographed photograph, you’re not going to get one. But you might well get something far more valuable from the affable correspondent, as a young man named Jeremy learned when he wrote to Lee in 2006. Although the writer claimed not to have any photos of herself, she did provide a short paragraph of advice in its place: “As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don’t think you are the most important being on earth,” Lee wrote. Read her wise words in the handwritten letter after the jump, and visit Letters of Note for the transcription.

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