10 Interesting Facts about Harper Lee

Find out the interesting Facts about Harper Lee in the following post. Harper Lee is a pen name. Her real name was Nelle Harper Lee. She was born on 28 April 1926 and died on 19th February 2016. In 1960, her famous work, To Kill a Mockingbird was published. This American novelist rose to prominence due to the book. In Modern American literature, the book is a popular example of a classic. In 1961, the book earned her a Pulitzer Prize.

Facts about Harper Lee 1: literature

The contribution of Lee to literature was honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 despite her single book publication.

Facts about Harper Lee 2: Truman Capote

Truman Capote was a close friend of Lee who became the basic inspiration of Dill character in To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee helped him when making a research on his book In Cold Blood published in 1966.

Facts about Harper Lee
Facts about Harper Lee

Facts about Harper Lee 3: inspiration of To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is considered as critical acclaimed book. Lee gained the inspiration to write the book by observing her neighbors and family. She also included an event when she was aged 10 in 1936 in her hometown.

Facts about Harper Lee 4: the depiction

To Kill a Mockingbird was narrated according to the point of view of two children related to irrational attitudes of adults who lived in 1930s Deep South related to the class and race. Lee was raised in Monroeville, Alabama where the racist attitudes were spotted there.

Harper Lee Signature
Harper Lee Signature

Facts about Harper Lee 5: the sequel

The sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird was published in July 2015 under the title Go Set a Watchman. Actually, Lee wrote it in the mid-1950s.

Facts about Harper Lee 6: the early life

The birthplace of Lee was located in Monroeville, Alabama.  Her parents were Amasa Coleman and Frances Cunningham Lee. In 1926 until 1938, her father was a member of Alabama State Legislature.

Harper Lee Facts
Harper Lee Facts

Facts about Harper Lee 7: English literature

Lee was in favor with English literature when she attended Monroe County High School. She spent one year in Huntingdon College in Montgomery after her high school graduation in 1944.  Then she studied at University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Facts about Harper Lee 8: public life

Even though Lee was successful with her novel, she declined many invitations and interviews from the public.

Harper Lee 2007
Harper Lee 2007

Facts about Harper Lee 9: a lawsuit

Monroe County Heritage Museum was sued by Lee because her name and book were used to sell souvenirs.

Facts about Harper Lee 10: film adaptation

To Kill a Mockingbird had been adapted into film. Alan J. Pakula was the producer of the movie.

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