Saturday, February 20, 2016

The World Loses Harper Lee

It is with great sadness that I have found out today that Harper Lee has passed away aged 89. Born in the same small town her famous book 'To Kill A Mockingbird' was set, Nelle Harper Lee has lived her life with the same people and wrote that one book about a lawyer who defended a 'black' man who was accused of raping a white girl in a time when people assumed the worse of others. 

Harper Lee grew up in a world similar to Scout and her world in the book. Lee lived next door to Truman Capote and they were best of friends and she lost her mother at a young age, with only her father to bring her up - him being a lawyer as well. He battled a case similar to the one in the book - but he lost it and never practiced law again.

Lee went to university and studied law but didn't finish and decided to write, and this is where 'To Kill A Mockingbird' came out - her only book. Then, last year, she published 'Go Set A Watchman'. 
The people of her town have said that Nelle Harper Lee was a wonderful person to know. She taught the world about how not to judge people until you 'have walked around in their skin'. And how true that is.

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