“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”- To Kill a Mocking Bird
Harper Lee the author of the best selling novel To Kill A Mocking Bird, was born in Alabama on April 28, 1926. A precocious reader during her school days, Lee started writing short stories and essays after moving to Newyork in 1949. After episodes of editing and discussions, To Kill A Mocking Bird was published in 1960 with the help of Lippincott editor Tay Hohoff.
An instant success, the novel sold more than 30 million copies till date. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has been adapted to an Oscar-winning film in 1962. Set in a fictional town of Maycomb, the story is narrated from the perspective of Scout Finch. The novel weaves in the lighter version of the childhood and also the serious issue of racism that prevailed in the society.
Though the author of a much celebrated and critically acclaimed novel, Harper Lee chose to remain withdrawn from the media and limelight. She died on February 19, 2016, after the release of the long-shelved prequel of the novel titled Go Set A Watchman.