Harper Lee

Her life between the pages

Read about how Harper Lee was inspired to write "To Kill a Mocking Bird"

Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 26, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama

Her novel has recieved many awards for it's originality

Information about Harper Lee's life

During the 1950s. Harper Lee lived in New York, she supported herself by working as a airline reservation clerk. " She approached a literary agent with the manuscripts of two essays and; three short stories. The agent encouraged her to expand one of the stories into a novel which later became TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD" (Baughman). Her friends helped her financially, so Harper could give up her job and become a Author."Although her father became ill and she was forced to divide her time between New York and Monroeville, she continued to work onher novel"(Baughman). In 1957 Harper submitted her manuscript of the novel to Lippincott.They encourged Lee to write it. With also the help her editor Tay Hohoff. To Kill A Mocking Bird was then published in 1960.

Harper Lee's childhood

"Harper Lee grew up in the little town of Monroeville, Alabama. After graduating from Monroeville's public schools, Harper Lee spent a year (1944-1945) at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and then attended the University of Alabama for four years ( 1945- 1949), including a year as an exchange student at Oxford University. She left the University of Alabama in 1950, six months short of a law degree, to persue a wrighting career in New York City"(Baughman). Harper Lee is the youngest daughter of Amasa Coleman Lee and Francis Cunningham Finch Lee. Also she has two sisters, Alice and Louise, and a brother Edwin. Both of her sisters are still alive, but her brother died of a cerebral hemorrhage(something burst in his brain), in 1951.

Harper Lee's closed bubble

The reason that the information about harpers lee life and/or childhood is scarce is because , "Lee has avoided making public comments about her life or her work..."(DISCovering Authors). When pressed about personal information she has used "...humor to protect her privacy..."(DISCovering Authors).

Life as an Author

Harper once said: "Writing is the hardest thing in the world … but writing is the only thing that has made me completely happy"(DISCovering Authors). After "To Kill A Mockingbird" was published. She began another novel in 1961, " writing from noon until early evening, and revising so extensively that she produced only one or two pages per day..."(DISCovering Authors). She never presented her work for publication. However she did wright some short pieces in popular women's magazines. "Neither Lee or her sister, however, care to discuss the novel written more than thirty years ago because they consider it 'old news'"(UXL Junior DISCovering Authors).