Harper Lee was the youngest of four children. Her mother was a homemaker and her father, a former newspaper editor and proprietor, practiced law and served in the Alabama State Legislature from 1926 to 1938. Before her father, Amasa Coleman Lee became a title lawyer, he once defended two black men accused of murdering a white storekeeper. Both clients were hanged.
Lee was a tomboy, a precocious reader, and best friends with her schoolman, Truman Capote.
While enrolled at Monroe County High School, Lee developed an interest in English literature. After graduating she went to the al-female Huntington College in Montgomery. Lee stood apart from the rest of the students - she didn't care for makeup, fashion, or dating. She'd rather focus on her studies and her writing. She was also a member of the literary honor society and the glee club.
She transferred to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she pursued her interest in writing. She joined the schools newspaper and eventually became editor for its humor magazine.
In her junior year, Lee was accepted into the universities law school, which allowed students to work on law degrees while still undergraduates. After her first year in the law program, she began expressing to her family that writing and not law was her true calling. She then went to Oxford Uni as an exchange student the same summer, and returned to the law studies in the fall. She dropped out after the first semester, and moved to New york to pursue her dreams of becoming a writer.
She arrived in New York in 1949, when she was 23 years old. She struggled for several years, and worked for a ticket agent for Eastern Airlines and for the british overseas air corp. While she lived in New York she reunited with her childhood friend Truman Capote, and...