The literary world suffered a great loss recently as news surfaced that renowned author of ?To Kill a Mockingbird? Harper Lee died yesterday at the age of 89. It was reported that Lee died in her sleep in her home in Monroeville, Alabama
Her beloved work ?To Kill a Mockingbird? was actually her debut novel and it instantly shot her to worldwide fame. Many literary experts cite ?To Kill a Mockingbird? as one of the best novels of all time and it has certainly shaped a very big part of literary history. It won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize as well as the hearts of many fans.
The novel told the story about justice, racial discrimination in a Southern town in the United States and introduced the world to Atticus Finch, a small town lawyer who would go on to become one of the most recognizable characters in American literature. It is said to have been loosely based on the observations of Lee and an event which happened in her hometown when she was a young girl.
Lee?s popularity grew even further when ?To Kill a Mockingbird? was adapted to a movie. The film, which starred Gregory Peck as the main character Atticus Finch, won three Oscars including one for Best Actor and until now it is still considered as one of the best films of all time.
According to The Guardian, Lee had been living in a nursing home near her house in Monroeville, Alabama. She was long considered as only a one-book wonder with only ?To Kill a Mockingbird? under her name. That all changed when it was discovered by Lee?s lawyer that she had a manuscript in her safe-deposit box for ?Go Set a Watchman? in 2014. Eventually, publishing house HarperCollins released the manuscript as a novel in 2015 as a sequel to ?To Kill a Mockingbird?.
According to CNN, Lee?s nephew Hank Conner released a statement saying ?This is a sad day for our family. America and the world knew Harper Lee as one of the last century’s most beloved authors. We knew her as Nelle Harper Lee, a loving member of our family, a devoted friend to the many good people who touched her life, and a generous soul in our community and our state. We will miss her dearly.?
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