Harper Lee

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Harper Lee
Harper Lee about to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on November 5, 2007.
Born (1926-04-28)April 28, 1926
Monroeville, Alabama, U.S.
Died February 19, 2016(2016-02-19) (aged 89)
Monroeville, Alabama, U.S.
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Subjects Literature
Literary movement Southern Gothic


[1]Harper Lee (April 28, 1926 - February 19, 2016) was an American writer. She was born in Monroeville, Alabama. She was most famous for writing To Kill a Mockingbird. That book was published in 1959. Civil rights issues in Alabama influenced her writing. Harper Lee's interests apart from writing were watching politicians and cats, travelling and being alone.[source?]

Throughout her life, Lee had said that she would never publish another novel. However, in 2015, Lee announced Go Set a Watchman, a sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird.

Lee died on February 19, 2016 in a retirement facility in Monroeville, Alabama from complications of a stroke at the age of 89.[2]]

For some part of Lee's life, her mother suffered from mental illness, barely leaving the house. It is believed that she may have had bipolar disorder.She has a childhood close friend her friend was another writer to-be, Truman Capote (then known as Truman Persons).He was tougher than many boys.Lee often serve as Truman's protector.Truman had few interests with boys his age, they picked on him because of the way he dressed.Two friends were very different.

Harper Lee's Childhood[change | change source]

In 1926, Harper Lee was born in the Monroeville, Alabama. She was the youngest out of all her siblings.Her father was a lawyer and member of the Alabama State Legislature. As a child, she was a tomboy. When she was young, she used to reenacting scenes from the popular Rover Boys chapter books with her friend Truman. So the A.C. gave them a old writer to write their own stories. In an Upper East Side apartment building was where Lee used to live. She worked as an Airlines reservation clerk for seven years. Lee used to write a short stories whenever she had time after her work.[3] Her love for literature started from the high school. She went to the Huntingdon College in Montgomery. She was really hardworking and very focused on her studies and her writings. She was really active member in school, and was part of glee club and literary honorary. After her high school, Lee attended University of Alabama, pursuing her dream about writing. [4]

Harper Lee's Career[change | change source]

Harper lee she's an author who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird,Go Set a Watchman.Harper Lee became a aspiring Writer she went to the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Lee was known for being a loner and an individualist.She made a greater effort at social life there joining a sorority for a while.Getting into interest for writing, Lee contributed to the school's newspaper and its humor magazine,the Rammer Jammer,eventually becoming the publication's editor.She worked with editor Tay Hohoff, Lee worked on a manuscript set in a small town Alabama town, which inspired her to write the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.she was impressed by her own literature success story.In July 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird was published and picked up by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the literary Guild.The book talks about the prejudice aspect.The same year, To Kill a Mockingbird won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize and several other literary awards.Horton Foote wrote a screenplay based on the book and used the same title for the 1962 film adaptation.To Kill a Mockingbird earned 8 Academy Award nominations,the movie version To Kill a Mockingbird won 3 awards,including best actor for Gregory Peck's portrayal of Finch.The character is based on Lee's father.To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages with more than a million copies sold each year.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Harper Lee". Biography. Retrieved 2018-05-04. 
  2. ]http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-35616011]
  3. "Gale - Enter Product Login". go.galegroup.com. Retrieved 2018-05-05. 
  4. "Harper Lee | Biography, Books and Facts". www.famousauthors.org. Retrieved 2018-05-05. 
  5. "Harper Lee". Biography. Retrieved 2018-05-09. 

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