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Harper Lee, one of America’s most enduring literary classics, has died at the age of 89

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By SisiBroad | February 19, 2016 5:42 pm

To Kill A Mockingbird, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the American literary classic  author Harper Lee died at 89 Friday in Monroeville, Alabama. It was thought Lee would never follow up To Kill a Mockingbird and the July 2015 shocking publication of Go Set a Watchman.

Harper Lee made a rare public appearance in 2007 to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George Bush

Harper Lee made a rare public appearance in 2007 to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George Bush

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

She was a guardedly private person, respected and protected by residents of her town.

When her book was called “immoral” by a Virginia school board shortly after the Pulitzer announcement, she sent a contribution to the Beadle Bumble Fund (a sort of Darwin Awards of philanthropic giving) so that it could be used “to enroll the Hanover County School Board in any first grade of its choice.”

For many years, Lee, a shy woman with an engaging Southern drawl, lived quietly and privately, always turning down interview requests.

After suffering a stroke and enduring failing vision and hearing, she spent her final years in an assisted-living facility in Monroeville.

A few RIP tweets

Let’s celebrate the life of Harper Lee, who wrote an American classic and helped her friend Truman Capote write another. Tweeted Stephen King
Rest in peace, Harper Lee. “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” Tweeted Tim Cook
Harper Lee my 1st favorite author! I always wanted to interview her. She said” honey I already said everything I had to say”. Tweeted Oprah Winfrey

RIP, Harper Lee:
“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” Tweeted Erica Jong 

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