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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.

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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