29/03/2016 2:15 PM AEDT

Harper Lee Burns Donald Trump From Beyond The Grave In Letter Comparing Taj Mahal Casino To Hell


Harper Lee in a 2007 file photo. In a letter currently up for auction, the author of "To Kill A Mockingbird" said an afterlife in Donald Trump's Taj Mahal casino would be "the worst punishment God can devise."

Celebrated author Harper Lee wasn't known for mincing words, and in a newly released letter from decades ago, she had some choice ones for a property then owned by Donald Trump. 

In fact, she suggested it was a lot like hell. 

"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 1990 letter to her friend Doris Leapard. 

The letter is currently up for sale at Nate D. Sanders Auctions.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions

While Lee's letter was penned just a few months after the casino opened, Trump's Taj Mahal filed for bankruptcy the following year. The Taj Mahal kept the Trump name, but it is currently owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, who took control after the casino emerged from Chapter 11 earlier this year.

Lee died last month at the age of 89, less than a year after the publication of her second book, "Go Set A Watchman."

Although Lee fiercely guarded her privacy, she was by many accounts a prolific letter-writer and the auction includes 29 of her missives. As of publication time, the high bid for the letter that mentions the Taj Mahal is $1,330. The auction ends on Thursday evening. 


Editor's note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S.