Harper Lee says museum settlement deal is off

To Kill A Mockingbird cover and author Harper Lee To Kill A Mockingbird is Harper Lee's only published novel

Related Stories

A settlement between To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee and a museum in her Alabama hometown which used her name on souvenirs has failed.

The author's lawyer has asked a court to reinstate the legal action she filed against the Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville last May.

The museum is located in the former courthouse which inspired the book.

Lee's lawyer said the museum has now asked for additional terms not agreed on by both parties in the settlement.

The 1960 novel To Kill A Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize and is considered to be a modern classic, taught in schools in the UK and the US.

The museum has been accused of taking advantage of Lee's trademarks to sell book-related souvenirs including clothing and drinks coasters.

To Kill a Mockingbird souvenirs at Monroe County Heritage Museum The souvenirs included a cook book, apron and drinks coasters

It had also used the book title as a website address without compensating the author financially, although a message on its website has confirmed that this has now been changed.

US District Judge William Steele has told Lee's lawyer Norman Stockman that he needs to know whether a settlement agreement was actually signed back in February. If it was, then Lee will have to take separate legal action to enforce it.

To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of small-town lawyer Atticus Finch's battle against racial prejudice, as he defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge.

The 87-year-old author's only published novel was also made into an Oscar-winning film in 1962, starring Gregory Peck.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Entertainment & Arts stories


Features & Analysis

  • Cartoon of women chatting on the metroChat wagon

    The interesting things you hear in a women-only carriage

  • Replica of a cargo boxSpecial delivery

    The man who posted himself to the other side of the world

  • Music scoreNo encore Watch

    Goodbye to NYC's last classical sheet music shop

  • Jon Sopel'Emailgate'

    Hillary gets a taste of scrutiny that lies ahead

From BBC Culture


  • A robotClick Watch

    The latest in robotics including software that can design electronics to solve problems

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.