US author Harper Lee dies aged 89

Media captionHarper Lee wrote her iconic novel To Kill A Mockingbird in 1960

Harper Lee, a author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has died during a age of 89.

The book stays a soaring participation in American literature, revelation a story of a white counsel fortifying a black male indicted of rape in a Deep South.

It sole some-more than 40 million copies worldwide and 55 years after it was published, in 2015, she expelled a sequel, Go Set a Watchman.

Tributes have been paid to a Alabama-born writer, who frequency gave interviews notwithstanding her fame.

Former US President George W Bush, who awarded her a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007, pronounced she was “a mythological author and poetic lady”.

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Lee was innate 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She was a youngest of 4 children of counsel Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch Lee.

She was a guardedly private person, reputable and stable by residents of her town, frequency giving interviews.

Lee’s literary representative Andrew Nurnberg said: “Knowing Nelle these past few years has been not only an complete pleasure though an unusual privilege.

“When we saw her only 6 weeks ago, she was full of life, her mind and mischievous wit as pointy as ever. She was quoting Thomas More and environment me true on Tudor history. We have mislaid a good writer, a good crony and a guide of integrity.”

Spencer Madrie, owners of Ol’ Curiosities and Book Shoppe, a small, eccentric book store in Lee’s hometown that focuses mostly on Lee’s works, said: “The universe has mislaid a shining mind and a good writer.”

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Harper Lee done a singular open coming in 2007 to accept a Presidential Medal of Freedom from George Bush

“We will remember Harper Lee for her candour, her talent, and a truths she gave a world, maybe before a universe was ready. We are beholden to have had a tie to an author who offering so much.

“There will always be something blank from Monroeville and a universe during vast in a deficiency of Harper Lee.”

James Naughtie, BBC Books Editor, on a novels of Harper Lee:

I cruise she stands, quite among American readers, as someone who shone a light into a unequivocally dim place.

She was essay during a time when people were commencement to lift a lid on all that had been going on in a South that they’d selected not to understand. That all altered in a 1960s. So we cruise her standing for essay that book in a unusually approach approach will remain.

There’s no doubt that Go Set A Watchman didn’t review terribly well, Atticus Finch comes out as a rather reduction likeable figure than he is in To Kill A Mockingbird. But she stays an unusual figure.

She wrote one intensely powerful, permitted and successful book, that will be worshiped by people for a unequivocally prolonged time.

Media captionHarper Lee’s crony Joy Brown speaks to a BBC’s Will Gompertz

The author Malorie Blackman posted “Harper Lee R.I.P.” on her Twitter account.

Erica Wagner, former literary editor of The Times said: “Harper Lee altered how most of America – and a universe – saw a South.

“Few writers are absolved to emanate characters that truly seem to jump off a page and live: Lee will always be remembered as one of those.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted: “Rest in peace, Harper Lee. The one thing that doesn’t reside by infancy order is a person’s conscience.”


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  • Over 40m tellurian sales

  • 40 languages into that it has been translated

  • 8 Oscar nominations for 1962 film chronicle

  • 3 Oscar wins

The publishing for a supplement to To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set A Watchman was detected and published in 2015.

Many bookshops remained open all night to cope with direct on a day of a novel’s recover final July.

The book is set 20 years after a events of To Kill a Mockingbird – nonetheless Lee indeed wrote Go Set a Watchman first.

Watchman contains some of a same characters as Mockingbird, including Scout and her father Atticus Finch.

The announcement valid argumentative as early reviewers remarkable that Atticus expresses extremist views in a story.

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To Kill A Mockingbird was done into a film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch

To Kill a Mockingbird – during a glance

In a tiny illusory city of Maycomb in a depression-ravaged American South, a black male named Tom Robinson is secretly indicted of raping a white woman.

A counsel named Atticus Finch defends Robinson in court. The frenzy influenced adult by a box and her father’s query for probity are seen by a eyes of Finch’s six-year-old daughter Scout.

The book explores issues of race, category and a detriment of innocence.

“You never unequivocally know a chairman until we cruise things from his indicate of view… until we stand into his skin and travel around in it.” – Atticus Finch to Scout.

“It was times like these when we suspicion my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was a bravest male who ever lived.” – Scout Finch.

In 1962, it was done into a film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Scout.

The novel is now being adapted for a stage.

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