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Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird

Background information on Harper Lee.
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Jill Sutton

on 9 February 2011

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Transcript of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee Childhood II. Growing up and writing the book III. To Kill a Mockingbird IV. Life After the Book
3. When Harper Lee was a child she befriended a boy named Truman Capote. 4. In her book she based the character of Dill on Capote.

5. Truman Capote is also a very well known author. 17. In 2007, she left New York to go back to Monroeville. 18. In that same year she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. 19. She avoids interviews and guards her privacy. Scenes and characters in her book are based from her childhood. 1. Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. 7. Lee went to Huntingdon College in Alabama in 1944.
8. She later dropped out of Huntingdon College and pursued a law degree at the University of Alabama.
9. In 1949, she quit law school, and joined her friend Truman Capote in New York City to pursue writing.
10. The writing of To Kill a Mockingbird was a slow and painful process.
On July 11, 1960, the novel was published.
11. The setting and characters are based
on Harper Lee's life.
12. The story is told through the eyes of
six year old Scout Finch, and it is said that Lee based the character
of Scout on herself as a little girl. 13. The book is set in 1933 to 1935 in the
fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. 16. Her book became a movie in 1962. The movie, staring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, went on to win three Academy Awards. 2. Harper Lee is the youngest daughter of Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch Lee. Amasa Lee was a lawyer and served on the Alabama State Legislature. He also worked as the editor of a local newspaper. He is the inspiration for the character, Atticus Finch. 6. Harper Lee was about 6 years old when the Scottsboro Boys trial happened, the same age as Scout Finch, the main character in her book. Lee bases a scene in the book on her real-life experience with understanding the prejudice of this trial. 14. The novel has been translated into more than 10 different languages.

15. It was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. 20. When asked why she never published another novel, she said, "When you have a hit like that, you can't go anywhere but down."
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