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Harper Lee's idea of hell was Trump's casino, letter reveals



Is Harper Lee weighing in on the presidential race from the other side?

It sounded like an April Fool's story, but no. On Thursday, 29 signed letters by the To Kill a Mockingbird author were sold at auction in Los Angeles. Lee, who died Feb. 19, had written the letters to several friends over the years.

In most of them, she thanked friends for favors and wrote about books, plays and her own health and activities. But in one letter, written to friend Doris Leapard on Aug. 25, 1990, Lee took a snarky shot at the then-recently opened Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J.

"The worst punishment God can devise for this sinner is to make her spirit reside eternally at the Trump Taj Mahal," Lee wrote of the $1 billion casino.

Trump's resort operations went bankrupt in 2014; though it's stilled called the Trump Taj Mahal, the casino is now owned by investor Carl Icahn.

That letter of Lee's sold for $3,926; the entire lot brought more than $33,500. Lee, I presume, is not spending eternity at the Trump Taj Mahal.



[Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2016 3:01pm]


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