It is with great sadness that we offer the information that Harper Lee, 89, author of the American classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird and the more recent follow-up, Go Set a Watchman, has passed away. It is thought that Miss Lee, known to her friends and family as “Nelle” died early this morning at the Monroeville, AL retirement home where she resided.
Harper Lee: Best Known Works
Harper Lee rose to fame in 1960 following the immediate success of her coming-of-age novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which won a Pulitzer Prize and was the basis for the 1962 movie version of the tale that starred Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a character based on Lee’s father, Amasa Coleman Lee. Lee was known in later life as a private individual and shocked the world earlier last year when she allowed the publication of Go Set a Watchman, the book she had never before shared and on which the noted Mockingbird was based.
Harper Lee: The Loss We Feel
“The world has lost a brilliant mind and a great writer,” says Spencer Madrie, owner of Ol’ Curiosities and Book Shoppe, a small, independent book store in Lee’s hometown that focuses largely on Lee’s works and those of other Alabama authors, “We will remember Harper Lee for her candor, her talent, and the truths she gave the world, perhaps before the world was ready. We are grateful to have had a connection to an author who offered so much. There will always be something missing from Monroeville and the world at large in the absence of Harper Lee.”
Today, we mourn the loss of this literary great. Please feel free to add your thoughts and memories of Harper Lee below, or perhaps tell us what To Kill a Mockingbird or Go Set a Watchman means to you. Her work meant the world to us.