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Harper Lee Dies at 89

19 February 2016

From The New York Times:

Harper Lee, whose first novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” about racial injustice in a small Alabama town, sold more than 10 million copies and became one of the most beloved and most taught works of fiction ever written by an American, has died. She was 89.

Her death was confirmed by Mary Jackson, the city clerk in Monroeville, Ala., where Ms. Lee lived. Ms. Jackson could not say where or when Ms. Lee died.

The instant success of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was published in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction the next year, turned Ms. Lee into a literary celebrity, a role she found oppressive and never learned to accept. The enormous success of the film version of the novel, released in 1962 with Gregory Peck in the starring role of Atticus Finch, a small-town Southern lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman, only added to Ms. Lee’s fame and fanned expectations for her next novel.

Link to the rest at The New York Times and thanks to Julia and others for the tip.

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7 Comments to “Harper Lee Dies at 89”

  1. R.I.P. Harper Lee.

  2. And may her memory not be tarnished by GSAW.

  3. May she rest in peace and may the Perpetual LIght shine upon her.

    And like Alicia said; may the mongers, money, ‘scholarly’, those looking to make their lesser names on her greater name– leave her works, her life,
    alone.

    May those who love to ‘guess’ and assert they know the thoughts and minds of another, be taken into permanent lomotil mind.

  4. Ah Harper Lee. I must have read MOCKINGBIRD twenty times when I was a kid. It had a big effect on me and the way I saw the world. R.I.P.

  5. Aww, my mom will be sad to hear this. She was a huge fan. RIP, Miss Lee.

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