AUTHOR ON READING: HARPER LEE

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

 

Nelle Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926) is an American novelist best known for her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird. She is the only writer who won a Pulitzer with a first and only novel published. The book deals with the racism she observed as a child in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Lee has received numerous honorary degrees, and declined to speak on each occasion. 

In February 2015 at age 88, nearly blind and deaf after a 2007 stroke, and after a lifetime of maintaining that she would never publish another novel, a statement was issued through her attorney, Tonja Carter, that Lee would publish a second novel, Go Set a Watchman (set to be published on July 14, 2015), written before To Kill a Mockingbird. However, there is an on-going debate if Lee was in a clear state of mind when she made that decision. 

 

Harper Lee Smokes

 

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