Author Harper Lee dies aged 89

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Novelist Harper Lee, known worldwide for her book ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, has died.

Aged 89, Lee released her second book just last year, titled ‘Go Set A Watchman’, 55 years after her first. A very private woman, Lee notoriously refused to give interviews and was protected from giving them by residents from her town of Monroeville, Alabama.

Lee, whose full name was Nelle Harper Lee, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ in 1961, which was at first rejected by authors who asked her to re-write it. The novel was finally published on July 11th 1960, to critical and commercial success. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, known for his work on the movie The Social Network as well as television series The West Wing, is reported to be adapting ‘Mockingbird’ for Broadway.

Having moved back to her hometown of Monroeville many years ago to look after her older sister Alice, Lee eventually fell ill herself and suffered a stroke in 2007. As of the time of reporting, her cause of death is not yet known.

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