Nellie Harper Lee

By: Micah smith


Harper lee was born April 28, 1926 in monroeville, Alabama. Harper was the youngest of four and grew up a Tom-boy. While Harper was attending Monroe county high school she became interested in English literature. After she graduated from Monroe county high she enrolled at an all female-school Huntingdon college in Montgomery for only a year then transferred to the university of Alabama. When harper was 31 years old she wrote the book "To Kill a Mockingbird". The book published in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961.

Later in harpers life she was recognized for her popular book "To Kill a Mockingnird". On May 7, 2006 Harper wrote a letter to Oprah Winfrey about her passion for books and how she loved to read. A year later on November 5, 2007 George w. Bush presented Harper with the presidential medal of freedom. The medal being the highest civilian award in the U.S. Four years later Harper was living in a assisted living facility, wheelchair-bound, partially blind and deaf, and was suffering from memory loss. Now only 5 years after being out in a assisted living facility she died on February 19, 2016 at the age of 89 in monroeville, Alabama. But her name and legacy still lives on as people around the country continue to read "To Kill a Mockingbird" and her new book "Go Set a Watchman".

Connection to present day

Ken fillet a present day author has written many books that interest people. Kenn like Harper writes historical fiction that attract many readers. Ken also like Harper loves to read books of all types.ken is renowned for his historical fiction novels in many countries. His new book "Fall of Giants" is number 1 in many countries including U.S, Germany, Italy, France and Spain. Ken fillet is an amazing writer but he will never be close to Harper Lee in my opinion.


Harper Lee and her book "To Kill a Mockingbird" impacted many lives. Harper left a mark on American literature you providing us with a book that shows us what the shouts was like back in the civil war era. The book "To kill a Mockingbird" is still in some schools around the country. The book was a big hit when it first came out and it changed the way some people saw the world. Harper Lee was one of the best authors of her time because she made us see how rationally we acted when a person of a different race was accused of something back in the civil war era.

5 fun facts

1) The original name for "To Kill a Mockingbird" was "Go Set a Watchman"

2) Nellie Harper Lee was named after her grandmother

3) Harper Lee is an Anglophile

4) Harper Lee and Truman capote were childhood friends

5) "To Kill a Mockingbird" once beats the "Bible"