Harper Lee, the author of one of the most impactful stories of our time, has died at the age of 89.
In the photo above, captured by Chip Somodevilla, the author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird‘ President George W. Bush hangs a Presidential Medal of Freedom on the neck of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird‘, 2007.
Via New York Times:
Harper Lee, whose first novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” about racial injustice in a small Alabama town, sold more than 40 million copies and became one of the most beloved and most taught works of fiction ever written by an American, died on Friday in Monroeville, Ala., where she lived. She was 89.
Hank Conner, a nephew of Ms. Lee’s, said that she died in her sleep at the Meadows, an assisted living facility.
The instant success of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was published in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction the next year, turned Ms. Lee into a literary celebrity, a role she found oppressive and never learned to accept.
“I never expected any sort of success with ‘Mockingbird,’ ” Ms. Lee told a radio interviewer in 1964. “I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of the reviewers, but, at the same time I sort of hoped someone would like it well enough to give me encouragement.”
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