Harper Lee sues literary agent over ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ rights – latimes.com

Harper Lee, the 87-year-old author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has filed suit against her literary agent over the rights to her classic novel. The suit alleges that the agent took advantage of Lee’s age and infirmity when she assigned the copyright to him six years ago.

In 2007, Lee was living in an assisted living facility and had recently suffered a stroke when she signed over the rights of “To Kill a Mockingbird” to her agent, Samuel Pinkus, and his agency Keystone Literary.

“Pinkus knew that Harper Lee was an elderly woman with physical infirmities that made it difficult for her to read and see,” the complaint contends. “Harper Lee had no idea she had assigned her copyright” to Pinkus’ company, the suit states.

via Harper Lee sues literary agent over ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ rights – latimes.com.

I’m sure there is a special place reserved in hell for Samuel Pinkus. Come on, sir.



  1. I can’t help looking at this kind of news story with a bit of skepticism. Pinkus is a big player, who represents a number of other famous authors, and Lee’s 87, in an assisted-living facility, and admits to having “memory problems”. This could be a fear or fantasy of hers enhanced by emerging dementia, that HER lawyer is attempting to exploit for profit. We’ll have to wait and see how the judge views it.

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