Nelle Harper Lee is most recognizable for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird and her endless contributions to the world of American Literature. This novel became a classic of American Literature and is taught every year in classrooms around the world. Published in 1960, it was quick to earn the 1961 Pulitzer Prize, and became a book that would have a lasting impact for years to come.
Lee passed away on Feb. 19, 2016 at the age of 89. She passed away in her sleep, and has left the world mourning one of the greatest writers American Literature has yet to see.
Lee has been labeled by news outlets around the world to be reclusive and insanely shy. Lee quickly rose to fame after her novel To Kill a Mockingbird and was not built to live a life of fame.
Lee was known to deny interviews and appearances on daytime talk shows regarding her novels and personal life. Lee was a unique type of author, one that did not rely on publicizing her work on famous television shows or depend on the fame to sell more copies.
Her writing truly spoke for itself and that is why she is undoubtedly an author that will always have a lasting impact on the world for decades to come. The lessons that arise from her novels are ones that will continue to be relevant and taught to younger and older generations.
Although the world has lost a remarkable author with talents that speak volume, we are left with her novels to look back on and learn from. Thank you, Harper Lee.