A history of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
“To Kill A Mockingbird” author Harper Lee died on Friday at the age of 89 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.
Lee’s famed novel focuses on Scout Finch, a 6-year-old girl growing up during the 1930s in Maycomb, Alabama. It was loosely based on Lee’s observations as a child being raised during the Depression-era South. The book, among the most beloved and classic American novels, deals with issues of race and morality during a turbulent time in American history. First published on July 11, 1960, its sales have since topped 40 million copies, and it was made into a Oscar-winning movie of the same name in 1962. Lee was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for the novel.
The author released “Go Set a Watchman,” a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in July 2015. Lee had completed the novel more than 60 years ago during the 1950s, but set it aside. Her lawyer, Tonja Carter, reportedly found the original manuscript last fall.
“After much thought and hesitation, I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years,” Lee said in a statement at the time.
The literary work was finished before “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but it was considered essentially a follow-up to that iconic best-seller. The 304-page book was Lee’s second — the first to be released in more than 50 years. “Go Set a Watchman” brought a perspective to one of the much-championed main characters, Scout’s father Atticus Finch, that many found shocking.