Harper Lee

By: Lizbeth Duarte and Yashima Garba

Harper Lee's Life before the book:

Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 18, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama born to Cunningham Finch and Amasa Coleman Lee.


Harper Lee did not go by her first name, instead she went by her middle name "Harper." Her father was a lawyer and a descendant of Confederate General Robert. E. Lee. Her mother came from one of the founding families of Finchburg, Alabama. Harper was the youngest of four children, she was a tomboy and an avid reader like the main character in her book " To Kill a MockingBird."


Facts About Harper Lee:

- "To kill a Mockingbird" was her only book

- She never gives interviews

- Her birthday is next week

- She decided to go to New York during her college years to become a writer

- Never completed college

To Kill a Mockingbird (the movie)

In 1962, the movie version of Harper Lee's book came out in theaters. This movie was directed by Robert Mulligan for Universal Pictures. Harper was then needed to create the script but refused but she was interested in the production and visited the set many times. Horton Foote was hired to write the script and Gregory Peck was for the role of Atticus Finch. The film was a great success and was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won four.

To Kill a Mockingbird (the book)

This book was the only book Harper wrote. This book was inspired by the segregation going on in the early 1930s. The main character in the book reflects Harper and her characteristics.
Documentary edge 2011 - Hey, Boo Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird