Questioned motives

Controversy swirls around woman responsible for Harper Lee’s affairs

A mockingbird mural at a car dealership in Monroeville, Ala., home town of author Harper Lee. William Widmer/The New York Times

Tonja B. Carter claims that last year, she found the manuscript for Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s second novel, in the author’s safe deposit box. The lawyer and spokeswoman has since become the subject of controversy in Monroeville, Alabama, where the population of 6,700 hangs polarized on whether or not Carter is exploiting Lee’s estate, of which she is the trustee. She has recently become the leader of a nonprofit organization that Lee created and under her watch, a community cookbook called To Kill a Mockingbird was recently removed from the Monroe County Heritage Museum by order of a judge. “I don’t think that her literary estate is being professionally managed very well,” said Charles J. Shields, the author of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, told the New York Times.

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