Harper Lee wasn’t a fan of Donald Trump — or his casinos — decades before he ran for president.
“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 wrote in a letter to her friend Doris Leapard, dated August 25, 1990.
This letter, among 29 other correspondences, will be auctioned off by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles this week.
Trump’s Taj Mahal opened in April of 1990, but the casino filed for bankruptcy one year later. It was the highest grossing casino until The Borgata opened in 2003. Last month, the casino was bought by billionaire Carl Icahn as Trump Entertainment Records emerged out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Lee died last month at the age of 89. Her famous novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” sold more than 10 million copies and became one of the most taught works in schools.
A sequel, titled “Go Set a Watchman,” was released last July and sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week. It was initially written by Lee in 1957, a manuscript that had been thought to be lost.