The Advent Calendar of Literature: Day 21

Interesting Literature

Our exploration of noteworthy facts involving Christmas presents and American writers continues today. Yesterday we revealed the odd items which were the only Christmas presents William Faulkner would accept from his family.
Today, we look at how a generous Christmas gift led to one of the most popular and enduring works of twentieth-Presentscentury literature being written.

In December 1956, Nelle Harper Lee, better known as Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, received a rather useful Christmas present from her friends, Michael Brown and Joy Williams Brown. It was a short note which read: ‘You have one year off from your job to write whatever you please. Merry Christmas.’ Enclosed were a year’s wages, which Lee could only accept on condition that she give up work and write for a year. She accepted. Over the next year, she wrote the novel that became To…

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MEXICO: ‘ Cave of Caves ‘

#AceHistory2ResearchNews – MEXICO:Dec.21- Mexico’s Cave of Crystals stunned geologists when it was first discovered in 2000. The underground chamber contains some of the largest natural crystals ever found – some of the selenite structures have grown to more than 10m long. Professor Iain Stewart got a rare glimpse of the subterranean spectacle while filming for the new BBC series How the Earth Made Us. BBC News – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8466493.stm