‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee has died

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MONROEVILLE, Alabama — Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has died at the age of 89.

Courtesy of CBS News
Courtesy of CBS News

That information comes from Al.com, who confirmed her death with multiple sources in Lee’s hometown of Monroeville.

“Go Set a Watchman,” the unexpected second book by the press-shy author, was released in 2015.

The book was on the best-seller lists for much of the year despite mostly negative reviews and simmering doubts that Lee was fully aware of the book’s release.

Written in the mid-1950s, “Watchman” was completed before “Mockingbird,” but takes place 20 years later in the same small Southern community. The depiction of “Mockingbird” hero Atticus Finch as a racist opposed to integration startled readers and critics and set off an extended debate about one of literature’s most beloved characters.

Lee, a Monroeville, Alabama, native, had long said that “Mockingbird” would be her only book.

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