London: It will soon be disclosed why Pulitzer Prize winning author Harper Lee stopped writing after her very first novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, a semi-autobiographical story set in the segregationist Deep South in 1960.
Nearly 51 years after the book’s publication, Lee has agreed to co-operate with a new biography that will finally put to rest the mystery why the author never wrote again and vanished from the public eye, reports the Telegraph.
The biography titled ‘The Mockingbird Next Door’ written by Marja Mills will also reveal the truth regarding a suggestion that ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ was actually written by her best friend, fellow author Truman Capote.
After the success of her debut novel, Lee had said, “I want to do the best I can with the talent God gave me, I hope to goodness that every novel I do gets better and better, all I want to be is the Jane Austen of south Alabama”.
She even started penning her second book titled ‘The Long Goodbye’, but mysteriously abandoned it midway.
The biography will also throw light on Lee’s friendship with Capote, her childhood next-door neighbour. The pair had worked together on Capote’s 1966 ``true crime’ book ‘In Cold Blood’, but fell out for reasons unknown.
Rumours have it that that Lee was hurt by Capote’s failure to give her full credit for her research.