Harper Lee funeral held in her Alabama hometown: All you need to know
MONROEVILLE, Ala. â€” Renowned author Harper Lee, whose book â€˜To Kill a Mockingbirdâ€™ is among the best of American literature has been laid to rest in Alabama, her home town.
The recluse author who went into hiding after writing her classic, passed away two days ago. She was not suffering from any major illness and her publicist said that Lee died peacefully among her family and friends.
In the meantime her funeral was held Saturday in a private ceremony attended by close relatives and friends. She has always been a private person and led a secluded life away from the limelight that comes with fame and success that she got so early in her life.
Reports suggest that the 89-year old author, was eulogized at a church in the small Alabama town of Monroeville, which the author used as a model for the imaginary town of Maycomb, the setting of Leeâ€™s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. A few dozen people who comprised Leeâ€™s intimate circle gathered at the First United Methodist Church to hear a eulogy Saturday by her longtime friend and history professor, Wayne Flynt. Afterward, her casket was taken by silver hearse to an adjacent cemetery where her father, A.C. Lee and sister, Alice Lee, are buried.
The massive success that her book received didnâ€™t change her lifestyle even slightly. The book “To Kill A Mockingbird” is about racial injustice in a small town in the American south. Lee died on Friday and her agent said that she died in peace in the presence of her relatives and friends. The mayor’s office in Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama and her publisher, Harper Collins announced she was dead.
In the meantime in an interview she said she was never sure of the success of the book and was concerned how much she will be attacked by reviewers for her views. Born Nelle Harper Lee on April 38, 1926, her first book “To Kill A Mockingbird” came out in 1960 and was a huge critical and commercial success. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was adapted into a film starring Gregory Peck. Lee did not release another novel until last year, when “Go Set A Watchman”, which purports to be a sequel, but has its iconic characters in atypical representations. Research had showed it was actually a first draft.