Harper Lee Dies At 89

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The Guardian reports:

Harper Lee, whose 1961 novel To Kill a Mockingbird became a national institution and the defining text on the racial troubles of the American deep south, has died at the age of 89.

Lee, or Nelle as she was known to those close to her, had lived for several years in a nursing home less than a mile from the house in which she had grown up in Monroeville, Alabama – the setting for the fictional Maycomb of her famous book. The town’s mayor, Mike Kennedy, confirmed the author’s death.

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, dies aged 89 (The Guardian)

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17 thoughts on “Harper Lee Dies At 89

  1. Rotide.

    Never really got that book. It’s fine, but it’s not great, not something that you’d bother re-reading once you hit your late teens.

    1. St. John Smythe

      i think its about the time in your life that you read it. Its about nostagia for the energy of your teens and syncs perfectedly with that ages own awareness of ethics, the desire to change things and a growing awarenerss of the unfairness of the world.

  2. Termagant

    It’s a mystery to me why Mockingbird receives such renown. It’s an adequate book which benefited from a perfect storm of social issues.

    1. Caroline

      It benefited from her ability to crystallise those social issues in a compelling and resonant story.

  3. Garthicus

    I only recently read TKAMB recently and was completely bowled over by it. I see what the fuss was about. RIP.

  4. Owen

    I had a Tequila Mockingbird on sad night in her honour.

    Its really just a shot of Tequila while you mock a bird in your proximity.

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