February 19, 2016


Harper Lee Is Dead; 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Author Was 89

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Just one year after publishing her first novel in 55 years—and only her second ever—author Harper Lee has died in her native Alabama. She was 89.

AL.com reports was an early source for the news; a local coroner confirmed the news to Entertainment Weekly. Lee had a stroke in 2007; in her later years she suffered severely diminished vision and hearing. Her sister Alice died in November 2014 at the age of 103.

Lee's poignant, racially charged 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize and is one of the most steadily taught books in America. 2015's Go Set a Watchman stars an older version of Scout, a protagonist in Mockingbird.

In 2010, Lee received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.