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Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird author, dies at age 89

During class on Friday, February 19, my teacher gasped at a notification. “Harper Lee just died,” she said.

Nelle Harper Lee, highly esteemed author of To Kill a Mockingbird, passed away at the age of 89 in Monroeville, Alabama. Lee’s novel of maturation in a period of racial tension has influenced millions from the time it was published in 1960 and continues to be a favorite on school reading lists. However, after the completion of To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee led a very recluse life, rarely making public appearances. In 2015, her second book Go Set a Watchmen was published, although the credibility of Lee’s assent to publishing this work is controversial. Nevertheless, Lee was, is, and always will be an American favorite. Her death is a great loss to America, but her name lives on through her exemplary literature.

By: Shoshana Reich

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