Young fan asks Harper Lee for a photo, gets rule of life instead

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee received a request for a signed photo in 2006, and although he didn’t get one, he received some advice much more valuable.



Dear Jeremy

I don’t have a picture of myself, so please accept these few lines:

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. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, “I’m probably no better than you, but I’m certainly your equal.”

(Signed, ‘Harper Lee’)