Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926 and died on February 19, 2016She was 89 years old.
Born in Monroeville, Alabama, Lee moved to New York as a young adult. There, she worked in a bookstore and at an airline in order to make a living and support her writing.
In 1960, when Lee was 34, her landmark novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published. Dealing with the themes of racial injustice that defined much of the American discourse, the book became a classic.
In the decades that followed, there were rumors that Lee was wring a sequel, but she held off — until her lawyer discovered a manuscript for Go Set a Watchman in 2015. That work had been the first version of To Kill a Mockingbird, and Lee eventually consented to have it published.
Just over a year later, Harper Lee would die back in Monroeville, a couple of months short of her 90th birthday.