Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird: “All Rise”

On this day in 1926, novelist Harper Lee, the novelist known primarily for the American classic To Kill a Mockingbird, was born in Monroeville, Alabama. After developing an interest in English literature in high school, Lee moved to New York City where — with the gift from friends of a year’s wages so that she could “write whatever you please”— she completed the initial draft of the manuscript which, several years later, would be honed into “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Published in 1960, the novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. With some 40 million copies in print, the book is still a bestseller and was made into a film in 1962. 


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