Strongly inclined to put aside the hype and hoopla and let literature speak for itself, Lee, the best-known native of the town pop.
See Article History Alternative Title: Harper Lee is the daughter of Amasa Coleman Lee, a lawyer who was by all accounts apparently rather like the hero-father of her novel in his sound citizenship and warmheartedness.
The plot of To Kill a Mockingbird is based in part on his unsuccessful youthful defense of two African American men convicted of murder. Lee studied law at the University of Alabama spending a summer as an exchange student at Oxford but left for New York City without earning a degree.
In New York she worked as an airline reservationist but soon received financial aid from friends that allowed her to write full-time.
With the help of an editor, she transformed a series of short stories into To Kill a Mockingbird.
Scout and her brother, Jem, learn the principles of racial justice and open-mindedness from their father, whose just and compassionate acts include an unpopular defense of a black man falsely accused of raping a white girl. To Kill a Mockingbird received a Pulitzer Prize in and has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
Criticism of its tendency to sermonize has been matched by praise of its insight and stylistic effectiveness. It became a memorable film in and was filmed again in After a few years in New York, Lee divided her time between that city and her hometown, eventually settling back in Monroeville, Alabama.
Go Set a Watchmanwritten before To Kill a Mockingbird but essentially a sequel featuring Scout as a grown woman who returns to her childhood home in Alabama to visit her father, was released in I am Scout: a biography of Harper Lee.
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Watch video · Famed author Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, , in Monroeville, Alabama. Lee is best known for writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird (). Yet onetime author Harper Lee is a mysterious figure who leads a very private life in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, refusing to give interviews or talk about the novel that made her a .
Biographer of Midcentury American Authors Charles J. Shields is the author of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee (MacMillan ; revised ), a New York Times bestseller, a Literary Guild Selection, and a Book-of-the-Month Club Alternate.