Harper Lee death being mourned by the world: â€˜To Kill a Mockingbirdâ€™ author dead, cause of death old age
If there was a prize on being the most mysterious writer on the face of earth in the last six-seven decades, it could have been none but Harper Lee. She came, conquered and then all in a sudden she disappeared.
This is the story of Harper Lee who died Thursday after being out of the limelight for many decades. She was 89.
Her publicist while announcing the unfortunate death of one of the most recluse authors said that Lee died peacefully on Thursday. It did not give any other details about how she died.
Michael Morrison, head of HarperCollins US, the publisher of her book in a statement said, “The world knows Harper Lee was a brilliant writer but what many don’t know is that she was an extraordinary woman of great joyfulness, humility and kindness. She lived her life the way she wanted to â€” in private â€” surrounded by books and the people who loved herâ€.
It is a well-known fact that for most of her life, Lee divided her time between New York City, where she wrote the novel in the 1950s, and her hometown of Monroeville, which inspired the book’s fictional Maycomb. Harper Lee was an ordinary woman as stunned as anybody by the extraordinary success of “To Kill a Mockingbird”.
She admitted again and again about how stumped she was from the success of her novel. In an interview in mid sixties she said, “It was like being hit over the head and knocked coldâ€¦I didn’t expect the book to sell in the first place. I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of reviewers but at the same time I sort of hoped that maybe someone would like it enough to give me encouragement.”
Leeâ€™s novel, â€œTo Kill a Mockingbirdâ€ has been described as the best literary work by an American author. Published in 1960 it was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author’s observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. One critic explains the novel’s impact by writing, “In the twentieth century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism.”