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To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee died

Lee was widely known for her debut novel To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature.

Feb 21, 2016 08:07 IST
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Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, passed away on 19 February 2016 in Monroeville, Alabama, U.S. She was 89.

Lee was widely known for her debut novel To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature.

The author’s  second novel, Go Set a Watchman, was written in the mid-1950s and controversially published in July 2015 as a sequel, though it was later confirmed to be To Kill a Mockingbird's first draft.

Lee was also known for assisting her close friend Truman Capote in his research for the book In Cold Blood. Capote was the basis for the character Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird.

In 2007, Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature.

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