It was today announced that famed American author Harper Lee has passed away. The author of To Kill A Mockingbird died aged 89 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, of natural causes. Lee was well-liked and respected by her local area, with those around her helping safeguard her privacy – something she was always deeply appreciative of.
Lee moved to New York as a young adult, where she befriended a young Truman Capote, the author of the much celebrated ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. It was a gift of a year’s expenses from friends of Capote that allowed Lee to write To Kill A Mockingbird.
To Kill A Mockingbird, her best known work, is a classic often studied in GCSE English classes in the UK. It explores the themes of race, class, and innocence, in a moving and realistic way. The follow-up novel, Go Set a Watchman, was released to critical acclaim in 2015, and focuses on issues of morality and internal politics.
As of 2006, it had sold over 30 million copies. Upon publication, Lee never expected it to be a success, and continued to be surprised, as it became one of the most beloved and famous books of a generation.
Today the world lost one of its most talented authors. But as Lee said in To Kill A Mockingbird:
“Things are never as bad as they seem”