Readers around the world were saddened Friday to learn about the death of author Harper Lee, beloved author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Miss Lee died in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, at the age of 89.
The fame that came her way after Mockingbird’s publication in 1960 took her completely by surprise, as did the Pulitzer Prize that followed, and the iconic film that came along in 1962. Miss Lee was never comfortable with the attention that came her way. She valued her privacy, rarely granting interviews. She became, as New York Times writer William Grimes put it, a “