US writer Harper Lee passes away
US writer Harper Lee passed away in Monroeville, Alabama, US at the age of 89.
She had authored a novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ released in 1960 which had become a classic of modern American literature. It has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.
The book has a towering presence in American literature and tells the tale of a white lawyer defending a black man accused of rape in the Deep South.
About Harper Lee
- Born as Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama, US.
- In 2015, nearly 55 years after her first novel was published she had released its sequel, Go Set a Watchman.
- The movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird is also an American classic. It had won the Academy Award (Oscars) for best picture in 1963 while Gregory Peck, who played role of Atticus in the movie was named best actor.
- Awards and Honours: Pulitzer Prize (1961), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2007) for her contribution to literature.