To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee dies at 89

February 19, 2016 3:46 PM

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Harper Lee, the American author who penned the timeless classic To Kill a Mockingbird, has died in her hometown Monroeville, Alabama at 89 years old, a county coroner confirms to EW. Beyond being a regional masterpiece, the basis of a classic film, a reading-list perennial, and a blockbuster novel that still sells over a million copies in the U.S. every year, Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird has earned, without hyperbole, that rare honor: widely beloved. Last year, Lee made frequent headlines over the controversial 2015 publication of her second novel, Go Set A Watchman, which was initially an early draft of Mockingbird.

Set in Depression-era Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird is the story of Atticus Finch—a white lawyer crusading for a black defendant falsely accused of rape and a widower idolized by his two children, Scout and Jem. Its characters grew straight from the author’s childhood: Her own father, like Finch, w...

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