Harper Lee's Life and Work

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Lee is a famous author because she wrote the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, this is her only novel. Harper Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama a tiny town. She was born on April 28, 1926, she is still alive today. Harper Lee grew up with her father, mother, two sisters and a brother. Her father, Amasa Coleman Lee worked as a lawyer and was a member of the Alabama state legislature. He also owned part iof a newspaper. Her mother was Frances Cunningham her mother had a mental illness and did not leave the house. Harper’s two sisters are Alice Lee and Louise Lee. Harper’s brother, Edwin Coleman Lee works as a US air force officer. (Biography.com 1)

Harper Lee went to High School at Monroe County High School. She graduated in 1944. Harper attended three colleges. First, Lee went to Huntington College in Montgomery Alabama. She left Huntington after one year and transferred to the University of Alabama. Lee studied law and was an exchange student at Oxford. She dropped out 6 months before she got her law degree and didn’t receive her law degree. She dropped out because she wanted to write and was working as an airline reservations clerk, writing on her free time. (Hawthorne-Lurie.1113)

Some of Harper Lee’s early influences and people who helped and inspired her on what she really wanted to do, being a famous writer were the Browns. In 1956, the Browns gave Harper a Christmas gift, the gift was to support her for a year so that she could write full time. She quit her job so that she could spend all of her time writing. The Browns also helped her find an agent, Maurice Crain; he was able to get the publishing firm interested in her novel.

Some major accomplishments Harper Lee made was one her book “How To Kill a Mockingbird” was prize-winning best seller her one and only novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although her first novel gained a huge success, Lee did not contunue her career as a writer she went back to New York to Monroeville where she...
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