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Harper Lee's Death

Harper Lee

The life and death of Harper Lee:

She won a Pulitzer Prize and was awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom based on the one major book she wrote – which was based on her own experiences growing up in the Deep South of the 1930's.

Nelle Harper Lee was born and raised in Monroeville, Alabama. Her first name was her grandmother's name spelled backwards and was how she referred to herself. Harper Lee was her pen name.

Nelle's mother Frances was a home maker and her father, Amasa Coleman Lee, also known as A.C Lee…

Amasa Coleman Lee

…worked as a newspaper editor, lawyer and served a dozen years in the Alabama State legislature.

Nelle attended local schools, went on to the all-women Huntingdon College in Montgomery for a year and transferred to the University of Alabama…

Harper Lee at Huntingdon College in Montgomery

…but didn't finish her degree.

Her tour de force book…

To Kill A Mockingbird book cover

…was based on her childhood observations. So, if you're familiar with the story, she was Scout, her father was Atticus

Harper Lee with her father

...and her childhood neighbor and friend, fellow author Truman Capote…

Truman Capote

…was the model for the character Dill.

In 1960 "To Kill a Mockingbird' became a runaway best seller and was later turned into a movie starring Gregory Peck, in an Oscar winning role for him.

She later worked as a researcher with Capote on his own best seller "In Cold Blood'.

Harper Lee with Truman Capote

She was portrayed by Catherine Keener in the movie "Capote" in 2005.

Capote movie, 2005

Lee's second book "Go Set a Watchman" was published in 2015, just a few months before her death.

Go Set a Watchman book cover

Harper Lee died peacefully in her sleep in her hometown of Monroeville and was buried at the local Hillcrest Cemetery.

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