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English III honors
04/23/2013
Back in 1960, Harper Lee finally published her famous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. There have been many debates on why this novel outshined others, although many sources say they have come to an answer. The conclusion was simply that book was relatable! It was not worked up to a ridiculous amount of illusory action or played up with gory violence. It spoke with severe truth, and an intensive storyline! Authors tend to base their stories, if not exactly, off of experiences they have had. Not only because familiarity is comforting, but it gives the writer a sense of real involvement in the world they have created. Writers do this because their work tends to sound and feel more factual, and genuine. Harper Lee’s National medal of Arts Winner, To Kill a Mockingbird, is a prime example of this phenomenon.

Monroeville, Alabama, was where Harper Lee based her bestselling book, it is also her hometown. Harper Lee stayed in Alabama almost her whole life, causing it to be a important memorabilia of her child hood. Monroeville was where she met her good friend, Truman Capote, and where they wrote their first short stories together. In that very town her father defended two black men in a misunderstanding. She even attended college in Alabama, where she became editor in chief of a quarterly humor magazine on campus. It was also where she dropped out of Law school, which was when she moved up to New York to begin her career as a writer. Harper did many odd jobs until she published To Kill a Mockingbird, and she lived an extremely private life.

As said in the first paragraph, authors take inspiration and experience from real life to compose their stories. Harper Lee took many characters and events from her life and put them into To Kill a Mockingbird. Her father, in real life, was a lawyer. Also the main character, Scout, had the last name of Finch, which was Harper Lee’s mother’s maiden name. But it doesn’t stop there, remember Dill?...
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