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Nelle Harper Lee
Transcript of Nelle Harper Lee
Author of: To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee was born on April 26, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama.
Mother: Francis Cunningham Finch Lee, was a home maker.
Father: Amasa Coleman Lee, practiced law.
Gladys Watson Burkett introduced Harper to challenging books.
Harper Loved 19th century British authors most.
She said that she wanted to be the "Jane Austen of south Alabama."
She went to the University of Alabama.
She became an editor-in-chief on the quarterly magazine on campus, called the "Rammer Jammer"
Her father wanted her to become a local attorney.
Instead, she persued her career as a writer.
She spent 8 years working odd jobs.
She showed her manuscript to Tay Hohoff, an editor for J.B. Lippincott.
She went through two and a half years of rewriting her novel.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" was published in 1960.
Awards for Writing
Pulitzer Prize (1961)
Bestsellers Paperback of the Year Award (1962)
Alabama Humanities Award (2002)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2007)
National Medal of Arts (2011)
Inspiration For Her Book
Scout- Based off from Harper herself, who was an unruly tomboy with older brothers and/or sisters
Atticus- Based off from her father, who studied law.
Calipurnia- Based off from an African house keeper who worked for Lee's family.
Dill- Based off of Truman Capote, Lee's neighbor as a child.
Harper Lee's Connection to Truman Capote...
Became friends in the early 1930's
Lived next door to each other
Lived in Monroeville, Alabama together
Capote lived with his aunt and uncle, while Harper lived with her parents
Truman moved to New York in third grade, and came back every summer.
Their friendship continued throughout the 1960's and 70's.
Truman's drug and alcohol abuse strained the relationship
Truman died in 1984 due to drug/alcohol use.
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Photograph by: Associated Press
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