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Harper Lee: Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Harper Lee smilingIn 1960, a first-time author named Harper Lee published To Kill a MockingbirdThe novel blended a young Southern girl’s coming-of-age story with a provocative account of her attorney father’s losing struggle to defend an African American man falsely accused of rape. The best-seller won a Pulitzer Prize and became one of the most iconic works in modern American literature.

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But while Mockingbird became famous, Lee, who passed away on Feb. 19 at age 89 in Monroeville, Ala., rejected celebrity. Although Lee never published a second novel, HarperCollins created a sensation in 2015 by releasing Go Set a Watchman, her earlier attempt to tell the Mockingbird story from a different angle.

Here are some interesting facts about Lee’s life and work.

 

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