Harper Lee Author's Experiences (Career ('To Kill a…
Was born on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama
Amasa Coleman Lee, was a lawyer who she describes as very much like Atticus through his sound citizenship and warm heartedness.
Lee's sister, Alice Lee, was a huge confidante who often took care of the author's legal and financial businesses.
-She was the youngest of four children, and grew up as a tomboy in the small town.
-For most of Lee's life, her mother suffered from mental illness, and rarely left the house.
-One of her closest high school friends was Truman Capote, another soon to be famous author. --In high school, Lee developed a love of literature. Attending college, she stood out - she couldn't have cared less about makeup or fashion. She instead participated in glee club and was a member of the literary honor society.
-In her junior year of college, Lee was accepted into the university's law program, but after her first year, she realized that law wasn't her true calling.
In 1949, young Lee moved to New York City. She struggled for several years, working for a traveling company (ticket agent). While she was there, Lee revisited her old friend, Truman Capote.
Work with Truman Capote
Later that year, Lee joined forces with Capote, while he was writing for 'The New Yorker'. Serving as his research assistant, Lee helped with the interviews, later winning over the Kansas locals with her unpretentious manner.
After Lee and Capote returned back to New York, they began to write 'In Cold Blood'.
'To Kill a Mockingbird'
In July 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird was published. The work was more of a CoA story, but also mentions the black prejudices in the South.
The following year, the book had won a prestigious Pulitzer Prize and several other awards.
The book was soon turned into a screenplay, then was created into a movie in 1962. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, but ending up only winning three.