Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, died Friday morning in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, at age 89.
Hank Conner, Lee’s nephew, said, “This is a sad day for our family. America and the world knew Harper Lee as one of the last century’s most beloved authors. We knew her as Nelle Harper Lee, a loving member of our family, a devoted friend to the many good people who touched her life, and a generous soul in our community and our state. We will miss her dearly.”
Lee passed away in her sleep, and there will be a private funeral held for her.
Lee became known to the world through her book, To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize the next year. She said of her book, “I never expected any sort of success with Mockingbird. I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of the reviewers but, at the same time, I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement. Public encouragement. I hoped for a little, as I said, but I got rather a whole lot, and in some ways this was just about as frightening as the quick, merciful death I’d expected.” But even after her success with Mockingbird, Lee avoided public attention.
We would like to offer tribute to Harper Lee by sharing a few of our favorite quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird.
From To Kill A Mockingbird:
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
“We’re paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple.”
“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
“Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.”
“Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
“Atticus, he was real nice.”
“Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.”
“It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.”
These are just few quotes we will never forget. We have no doubt that scores of readers the world over will continue to study To Kill a Mockingbird and learn from the truths Harper Lee so eloquently portrayed.
Farewell, Harper Lee. You will be missed. Thank you for your contribution.
Book Cave Team
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