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Nelle Harper Lee

Also Known As: "Harper Lee"
Birthplace: Monroeville, Monroe, Alabama, United States
Death: Died in Monroeville, Monroe County, Alabama, United States
Cause of death: in her sleep
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Finch Lee
Sister of Alice Finch Lee; Louise Lee Conner and Edwin Coleman Lee

Occupation: Pulitzer Prize- and Presidential Medal of Freedom-winning novelist
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About Harper Lee

Harper Lee was an American author known for her 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which deals with the issues of racism that were observed by the author as a child in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Despite being Lee's only published book for most of her life, until the surprise 2015 publication of Go Set a Watchman, it led to her being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Lee was also the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, for which she always declined to make a speech.

Other significant contributions included assisting her close friend Truman Capote in his research for the book In Cold Blood.

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Harper Lee's Timeline

April 28, 1926
Monroeville, Monroe, Alabama, United States
February 19, 2016
Age 89
Monroeville, Monroe County, Alabama, United States