Today the literary and wider community is mourning the loss of one of writings most well known authors, Harper Lee who at 89 has sadly passed away. Responsible for the all time classic, and world wide favorite, To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee was born in 1929 in Alabama US.
In a statement, Lee’s family announced her unexpected, but peaceful passing in her sleep.
“This is a sad day for our family. America and the world knew Harper Lee as one of the last century’s most beloved authors. We knew her as Nelle Harper Lee, a loving member of our family, a devoted friend to the many good people who touched her life, and a generous soul in our community and our state. We will miss her dearly.” – Hank Conner (Lee’s nephew)
Although she only wrote two novels, in 2007 (prior to the release of Go Set A Watchmen), Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. To Kill a Mockingbird, which is based on Lee’s own home town observations, and deals with the unjust racial discrimination of Southern life in the 1930’s US, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, the year after its release. It has since been made into a film and play.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” – To Kill A Mockingbird
Whether or not you’re a fan of her work, I think we can all agree that her novels and her memory will live on throughout history.