Author Harper Lee Dies

Pulitzer Prize winner and 'To Kill A Mockingbird' author Harper Lee smiles before receiving the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom in White House. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

To Kill a Mockingbird author, Harper Lee, dies at 89

Harper Lee, Pulitzer winner and author of American classic “To Kill A Mockingbird,” has died at the age of 89.  Tina Andreadis, spokesperson for HarperCollins confirmed Lee’s death to The Associated Press on Friday.

Only last year, Lee published “Go Set a Watchman,” a prequel to the 1960 classic.

“‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is one the first pieces of literature that really showed me the impact words can have and inspired my degree in English Literature and my passion for social justice. I hope she realized how important her work was to people,” said Caitlin Bawn, a student at Boston University.

Read Lee’s obituary in the New York Times.

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