- The Help (2009)
Kathryn Stockett was born in 1969 in Jackson, Mississippi. She grew up in Jackson and then went to the University of Alabama to major in English and Creative Writing. After her graduation she moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She was married to Keith Rogers, but they are now divorced. They have one child, a daughter. Stockett now lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Stockett’s first novel The Help was a huge success. The story was inspired by Stockett’s own childhood. The novel, set in 1962, took Stockett five years to complete, and she received rejections from sixty literary agents before Susan Ramer agreed to be her agent. When published in 2009, the novel made the New York Times bestseller list for more than 100 weeks. The book was adapted by DreamWorks and made into a movie starring Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer.
Abilene Cooper, a maid who used to work for Stockett’s brother filed a lawsuit against Stockett, claiming that Stockett used her likeness in the book. However, a Hinds County, Mississippi judge dismissed the case out of court. Stockett denied her claim of stealing her likeness and says she only briefly met Cooper.
Stockett is now working on a second novel.
- Kathryn Stockett’s page
- Gale biography for Stockett
- Kathyrn Stockett: Life in a Bell Jar by William Wyatt, editor of Creative Loafing and former deputy food editor of Atlanta Magazine.
- This Life : Kathyrn Stockett on Her Life in the South by Kathryn Stockett featured on the British Mail Online
- http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2010/0514/With-book-sales-still-strong-The-Help-will-begin-filming by Marjorie Kehe is the Monitor’s book editor. With book sales still strong, ‘The Help’ will begin filming
- Cooper claims Stockett stole her life and made a film out of it.
- The Help lawsuit tossed out by Jerry Mitchell Clarion-Ledger , Aug. 16, 2011
- “Kathryn Stockett.” Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2011. N. pag. Biography in Context. Web. 3 Apr. 2015. <http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/bic1/ReferenceDetailsPage/ReferenceDetailsWindow?zid=85b87bd611ba4e3d1c2861fa905ef35b&action=2&catId=&documentId=GALE|H1000192987&source=Bookmark&u=21667_hbplc&jsid=661207a93418abf075afdbe23150a69d>.