Beloved Pulitzer Prize, Medal of Freedom Author Dies at 89

February 19, 2016Feb 19, 2016

According to, beloved author Nelle Harper Lee has died at the age of 89.


Known for her 1960 bestseller "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the more recently released "Go Set a Watchman," Harper Lee spent her last days in the town of Monroeville that she grew up in and wrote about. She won a Pulitzer Prize for "To Kill a Mockingbird" and was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 by President George W. Bush. A film adaptation of the book starring Gregory Peck won three Oscars.

Considered an American classic, the novel is widely known for its unabashed foray into racial issues of the time in the Deep South.

Details of her death have not been released.