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