Harper Lee, 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Author, Dies At Age 89
Harper Lee, the author of the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird, has died in her home state of Alabama. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer was 89.
Lee died in her hometown of Monroeville; city officials confirmed reports of her death to Alabama Public Radio, and her publisher, HarperCollins, also confirmed the news to NPR.
In 2007, Lee was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom; her famous novel has sold tens of millions of copies and has been translated into dozens of languages.
Lee made headlines last year, on the news that a companion to her beloved novel would be coming out some 55 years after it was first published in 1960. That book, Go Set a Watchman, was published last summer. It also set off debates about the author's health and how involved she was with the project.
An Alabama native, Lee moved to New York City in 1948 with the dream of being a writer. For about eight years, she worked as an airline reservationist at Eastern Airlines.
As NPR reported last summer:
When it was published in 1960, To Kill A Mockingbird found immediate success. In addition to Lee winning a Pulitzer for fiction in the following year, the novel inspired a film adaptation that came out in 1962, starring Mary Badham as Scout and Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.
That film was also a smashing success, garnering numerous Academy Award nominations and several wins.
Here's how news website AL.com describes Lee's final years:
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