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Lee: (Nelle) Harper (Pulitzer Prize 1960)

Born: 28 April 1926, Monroeville, Alabama

Harper grew up with Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) – a friendship that lasted until his death in 1984. Although her book Go Set a Watchman preceded To Kill a Mockingbird, it was set in a later time period. The publishers rejected it but suggested she rewrite it from the perspective of Scout as a child. Harper Lee had a stroke a few years ago and is now living in a care facility, however her mind is as sharp as ever and she fully endorsed the recent publication of Go Set a Watchman. A great deal of controversy has been generated by the changes in the character of Atticus Finch.


“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view”.
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience”.
“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it”.


  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
  • Go set a Watchman (2015 – originally submitted in 1957)