Author Harper Lee Dead Age 89

Pulitzer prize-winning author Harper Lee has died at the age of 89.

Mary Jackson, the city clerk in Monroeville confirmed to Reuters by phone Friday that the celebrated writer had died.

After her sight and hearing were deeply damaged by a stroke in 2007, the author behind the 1960 American classic To Kill A Mockingbird had been confined to a nursing home for years in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

Lee had made only a handful of appearances and has rarely spoken publicly since 1964, when she retreated from the spotlight in the wake of Mockingbird’s overwhelming success.

Accounts of her mental and physical state intensified last year after publisher HarperCollins announced her second-ever book, Go Set a Watchman, was to be released.

Born Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, she was the youngest of four children of lawyer Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch Lee.

Lee was known to family and friends as Nelle.

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