Harper Lee Called Trump Casino the 'Worst Punishment God Can Devise'

Harper Lee, the famous author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird, did not enjoy her stay at Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal Casino. We know this because Lee, following a 1990 stay at the Trump property, flat-out stated her complete and total disdain for the hotel in a letter to a friend. Lee essentially wrote that Trump’s casino was the worst thing a supreme and all-knowing deity could possibly dream up.


“At last I am able to say a few words ... (and I wish they were coming from Windsor Castle),” Lee begins, quoting Edward VIII’s 1936 abdication speech. “The last set of visitors departed today: the worst punishment God can devise for this sinner is to make her spirit reside eternally at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.”

Lee’s visit to the hotel came just months after its opening. Within a year, it would file for bankruptcy. In February 2016, billionaire Carl Icahn bought the property.

The letter, from Lee to her friend Doris Leapard, is currently being auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions, along with 29 other letters penned by the author.

Lee died in February at age 88. The Presidential Medal of Freedom winner’s second book, Go Set A Watchman, was published under a storm of controversy last year.

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