A letter written by late novelist Harper Lee bashing Donald Trump's $1 billion Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, sold for $3,926 at auction Thursday night.
Editor’s note: Twenty six years ago on April 2, presidential candidate Donald Trump opened t…
The Pulitzer Prize winning winning author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" who died in February at age 90, gave a scathing review of the Atlantic City resort in a letter to friend, Dorris Leapard.
“The worst punishment God can devise for a sinner is to make her spirit reside eternally at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City," the author wrote in the letter dated Aug. 25, 1990, five months after the Atlantic City casino opened.
The letter, sold by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles, fails to mention what prompted her view of the Taj Mahal— the largest hotel and casino in the city at the time it opened.
The remainder of the two-page, type-written letter discusses mostly novels on social revolution and Alabama authors.
Donald Trump opened the Trump Taj Mahal in April 1990. The 120,000-square-foot hotel and casino, had five times the convention space of the average casino hotel in the city.
The late novelist Harper Lee could not imagine a worse place to spend eternity than Donald T…
“It’s just what Atlantic City needs,” Trump told The Press of Atlantic City in 1990.
The opening was so anticipated the Atlantic City Transportation Authority, along with police and Taj Mahal officials, had to come up with a traffic management plan that would create alternate travel routes, encouraging use of mass transit and stationing police at key intersections to adjust traffic patterns.
The now Republican front-runner no longer has any association with the casino still bearing his name.
This was not the only letter of Lee's on the auction block.
Harper Lee’s second letter which sold for $4,753 , also addressed to Leapard, is dated Jan. 29, 1999. In it, Lee thanks Leapard for getting her Vivian Malone’s autograph.
Malone was among the first black students to integrate at the University of Alabama in 1963, several years after “To Kill a Mockingbird” was published.