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Harper Lee, Author of To Kill A Mocking Bird, Dies at Age 89

Harper Lee, author of the historic 1961 novel, To Kill A Mocking Bird, has passed away at the age of 89. Lee, or Nelle as she was known to those close to her, had lived for several years in a nursing home less than a mile from the house in which she had grown up in Monroeville, Alabama – the setting for the fictional Maycomb of her famous book. The town’s mayor, Mike Kennedy, confirmed the author’s death.

For many years "To Kill a Mocking Bird" was Lee's only literary release,1961 epic narrative about small-town lawyer Atticus Finch’s battle to save the life of a black resident threatened by a racist mob, sold more than 40 million copies around the world and earned her a Pulitzer prize.  

But amid considerable controversy it was revealed a year ago that a second novel had been discovered which was published as Go Set a Watchman in July 2015.

Rest in peace.. Harper Lee.

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