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To kill a Mocking Bird
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“Harper Lee was born on the 28th of April 1926” (Lee), in Monroeville, Alabama. Her father is a lawyer and her mother has suffered mental problems and her mother had stayed at home because of it. Harper lived near her best friend Truman Capote, who was very influential in Harper’s childhood. Harper was very interested in English literature. She graduated high school in 1944 and went to the all-female Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. Here she stood out because she focused on work or her studies instead of fashion or dating. Later Harper transferred to the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa where she continued with her love in writing. She was also part of the school's newspaper, the “Rammer Jammer” (Lee), later becoming an editor of the newspaper. Harper was accepted into law school which impeded her position with the school newspaper and therefore had to step down. Harper did not stay in law school for long because of her interest in writing. Harper transferred to Oxford as an exchange student. Later she returned to her law studies in the fall, she dropped out after the first semester. She went to New York to pursue her career, but became a ticket agent on an Eastern Airlines and for the British Overseas Air Corp because of her struggle. During her time in New York she met Truman after being apart for a long time and they became friends with composer and lyricist Michael Martin Brown and his wife Joy. This helped Harper because she was given a Christmas present by Michael Martin Brown who supported her for a year as she went into writing fulltime and quit her job. “She wrote her book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ which won for her the Pulitzer award” (Lee).

Harper and Truman had teamed up to write about the murder of four members of the Clutter family, and the impact of that event. The book would than become a fiction masterpiece, “In Cold Blood” (Copyright ©2013 Soylent Communications). The...