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Harper Lee

Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926) is an American novelist, who wrote only one novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Born in Monroeville, Alabama, she studied law at the University of Alabama[?], then spent a year in the United Kingdom, studying at Oxford. Living in New York City, she supported herself working as an airline reservation clerk, but was soon determined to pursue a career in writing. She left her job and put together a series of short stories about life in the South, which she first submitted for publication in 1957. Encouraged by her editor, she worked the stories into a novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, which was a critically acclaimed best-seller. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her work in 1961.

After the success of her book, Lee retired from writing.

In the mid-60s she travelled and worked with her childhood friend Truman Capote as a research assistant for his novel, In Cold Blood. Capote dedicated the novel to her.

She makes infrequent appearances and has received a number of honors, but little else is known of what she is doing, fueling speculation that she is working on various projects.



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