“I have said what I wanted to say and I will not say it again.”

“She once said to me when we were up late one night, sharing a bottle of scotch: ‘You ever wonder why I never wrote anything else?’ And I said, ‘Well, along with a million other people, yes’. “I espoused two or three ideas. I said maybe you didn’t want to compete with yourself. She said, ‘Bull … Two reasons: one, I wouldn’t go through the pressure and publicity I went through with To Kill A Mockingbird for any amount of money. Second, I have said what I wanted to say and I will not say it again’.” — The Rev. Thomas Lane Butts, of the Monroeville Methodist Church, on why his good friend Harper Lee has never published a second book.

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