To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

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Context

Harper Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama, the same country where To Kill a Mockingbird was set on April 28, 1926. She was the youngest in a family of four, born to Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch Lee. Her life played an important role in her writing of the novel. She was a tomboy which matches Scout's characters, and her father was the inspiration of Atticus Finch; he was a lawyer who fought for righteousness. He defended two black men accused of killing a white man and Lee always found it interesting to sit in court and listen to her father defend the accused. Her childhood friend Truman Streckfus was the inspiration for Charles Baker Harris.

Lee completed secondary school then registered at Huntingdon College in 1944. There she once in a while composed articles for the school newspaper. The next year she exchanged to law school at the University of Alabama, enlivened by her dad's profession. She additionally proceeded with her enthusiasm for writing, adding to the college's understudy magazine and inevitably turning into its editorial manager. The summer prior to her senior year, she considered exchange studies at the University of Oxford in England. There she started to figure out an arrangement for the future: her profession would focus on writing, not law.

In 1949 after the last semester at the University of Alabama, she moved to New York City to pursue a literary career. There she fell in love again with her cherished companion, Truman Capote. To help herself while composing, she worked as Capote's assistant in research, accompanying him to Holcomb, Kansas, where they took a shot at Capote's genuine story In Cold Blood.

Lee earned her literary accomplishment in 1960 with the publication of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. Regardless of the basic and business achievement, Lee never wrote another book until 2015. Her second novel, ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ highlights a significant number of indistinguishable characters from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ despite the fact that it is set 20 years after the occurrences of that novel. In spite of the fact that Go Set a Watchman was at first exposed as a continuation of To Kill a Mockingbird, the book is a first draft of Lee's prize-winning novel. At the point when Go Set a Watchman was rejected for distribution in 1957, Lee's editorial manager proposed she overhaul the story to center around the character of Scout. After two years, To Kill a Mockingbird was acknowledged for production. Lee died at the age of 89 on February 19, 2016, and it caused a lot of grief to the world. People's admiration for her work is in the heart.

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