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Harper Lee (2010RM)

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Harper Lee       

By Riley     

6th hour 

    Have you ever read "To Kill a Mockingbird" and just love,love,loved it? If you have this is about the author, Harper Lee. This is about her childhood, writing , life before,during,and after her book. 


    Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She was the youngest of four children with two older sisters and an older brother. Her parents were Amasa " A.C." Coleman Lee and Frances Finch Lee. When Harper Lee was growing up she was she was claimed to be "queen of the tomboys", a title she has pretty much kept her whole life. Her childhood best friend and friend as an adult was Truman Capote who also became an author.


    Harper Lee's love of writing really took off in high school. This was thanks to her teacher, Miss Gladys Watson. Although she had been writing since childhood. When Harper Lee was 23, she moved to New York City, the writing capital, to write. Although this was against what her family wished she still decided to.


    After her freshman year of college, Harper Lee transfered to a different college to study law. Her father and one of her sisters also studied law. In 1948, Harper Lee participated in an exchange student program. This took her to Oxford University in England. Her time in England had Harper Lee decide she, after all, didn't want to study law. She wanted to be a writer. 


    Harper Lee's only book is "To Kill a Mockingbird" which was published on July 11, 1960 after working on it for three years. Harper Lee never expected it but her book got a lot of success. "To Kill a Mockingbird" only got a few bad reviews. She couldn't believe that her first book was getting so much press and excitement and kept getting it. 


    Harper Lee never liked being the center of attention but she was when her first book was selling ten thousand copies weekly by September of 1960. " To Kill a Mockingbird" was on the New York Times bestsellers list for eighty-eight weeks. "To Kill a Mockingbird" was picked for a Literary Guild Selection, Book-of-the-month Club Alternate,Reader's Digest Condensed Book, and British Book Society Choice. Few books even get one of these awards. The 1960 Pulitzer Prize for the best American novel was awarded to " To Kill a Mockingbird". In 1962 Harper Lee's book was adapted into a popular movie. By 1964 Harper Lee had grown tired of answering the same questions continuously so she called quits to all formal interviews in the same year. In 1966 Harper Lee was invited to the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 2007, Harper Lee was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor. 


    With any luck this paper has made you appreciate the wonderful American author, Harper Lee. But this bringing special attention to Harper Lee's childhood,writing, and life before, during and, after her book. Also, with any luck, you'll have enjoyed this paper. And if you haven't read the book hopefully you will now (personally I love the book...).
















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