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Harper Lee
Harper Lee in her father's law office while visting her home town of Monroeville, Alabama, May 1961.

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Harper Lee, (1926-...), is an American author who became famous with her only novel, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1960). It won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

The plot centers on Atticus Finch, a small-town lawyer in Alabama who defends a young black falsely accused of raping a white woman. The story is told by the lawyer's young daughter. The appeal of the novel lies in the author's ability to weave together the vivid eccentric characters of a small town, the observations of a sensitive child, and a plea for social justice.

Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama. She grew up in the state and attended the University of Alabama.

Contributor:
Noel Polk, Ph.D., Professor of English, University of Southern Mississippi.

From THE WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA © 2007 World Book, Inc. By permission of the publisher. Visit World Book Encyclopedia for more information on Harper Lee and related subjects.


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