MONROEVILLE, Ala. — Harper Lee, author of the beloved book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has died at age 89, according to multiple reports.
The New York Times reports it confirmed her death through Mary Jackson, the city clerk in Monroeville, Ala., where Ms. Lee lived.
Lee’s first novel, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was published in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It’s about racial injustice in a small Alabama town. In 1962, the book was made into a film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a small-town Southern lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman.
Last year, a long-awaited second novel, ‘Go Set a Watchman‘ was released. It takes place in the mid-1950s, some 20 years after “To Kill a Mockingbird” — at around the same time Lee was writing it. It features the character Scout as an adult woman. In a statement issued by the publisher, Lee says when she completed “Go Set a Watchman,” her editor was “taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood,” and encouraged her to write a novel from the point of view of the young Scout. That novel became “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and Lee put the other one aside.
The circumstances of Lee’s death have not been released, nor have funeral plans.