For Mr. Lee and Alice
in consideration of Love and Affection
Lawyer`s, I suppose, were children once.
Foreward Please spare Mockingbird an Introduction. As a reader I loathe
Introductions. To novels, I associate Introductions with long-gone authors
and works that are being brought back into print after decades of interment.
Although Mockingbird will be 33 this year, it has never been out of print
and I am still alive, although very quiet. Introductions inhibit pleasure, they
kill the joy of anticipation, they frustate curiosity. The only good thing
about Introductions is that in some cases they delay the dose to come.
Mockingbird still says what it has to say; it has managed to survive the
years without preamble.
12 February 1993