Harper Lee was an American writer, famous for her Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Known as an introvert and individualist, Lee had been an aspiring writer since her university career and had whilst studying been editor of her university paper Rammer Jammer.
In 1923 Lee moved to New York in pursuit of becoming a writer and it was here that she met Michael Martin Brown and his wife Joy who agreed to support her writing for year to give her time to develop her idea. It was Brown who helped her find her agent and managed to get her a publishing deal for To Kill A Mockingbird.
The novel garnered her many awards and recognition in literary circles and she became a something of a celebrity. An intensely private person, Lee withdrew from the public eye and used much of her wealth to make philanthropic donations to various charities.
There was always speculation that Lee was writing another novel but it never came to fruition in the years immediately following her debut’s release.
In July 2015, Lee published Go Set A Watchman which told the story of the Finchs’ later years to riotous success.
Harper Lee died in February 2016 aged 89.
To Kill A Mockingbird (1960)
Further recommended reading:
Go Set A Watchman (2015)