Harper Lee, who penned 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' dead at 89

Associated Press
  • Lee was born in 1926
  • She won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1962 for "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Harper Lee, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 for her book, "To Kill a Mockingbird," has died at the age of 89, multiple sources in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala., AL.com reported this morning.

Lee was born April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Ala., the youngest of four children of lawyer Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch Lee.

Harper Lee

As a child, Lee attended elementary school and high school just a few blocks from her house on Alabama Avenue. In a March 1964 interview, she offered this capsule view of her childhood: "I was born in a little town called Monroeville, Ala., on April 28, 1926. I went to school in the local grammar school, went to high school there, and then went to the University of Alabama. That's about it, as far as education goes."

On July 11, 1960, Lee's novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” was published by Lippincott with critical and commercial success. The author won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction the following year. Dec. 25, 1961.

The film adaptation of the novel, with Mary Badham as Scout, opened on Christmas Day of 1962 and was an instant hit.

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