Harper Lee died peacefully Friday, February 19, 2015 publisher HarperCollins said in a statement. And did not give any other details about how she died. She was 89. Lee was known for her book “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was published in 1960. The book read by many became a required classic for high school reading over the years.
I remember the summer I read “Mockingbird” when I was 14. I was fascinated by the story of a black man wrongfully accused of a raping a white woman told through the eyes of a young girl nicknamed Scout during the Depression-era in the South. Being a southerner I knew all too well the racism and prejudice that still remained in small towns in the south. For me it was a story of finding the truth in justice, which unfortunately is not always the case even today.
Lee published a few articles in magazines over the years after “Mockingbird,” but no other books. She chose to live a very private life and began declining interviews in the late 1960’s. In 2015 Lee published “Go Set a Watchman,” which gave insight to the characters of “Mockingbird” set 20 years after the events of the infamous trial. Though Harper Lee has died she has left a legacy with “To Kill a Mockingbird” a classic that will be read and cherished for years to come.