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Nelle Harper Lee Biography

Uploaded by Jiggaman006 on Apr 17, 2002


Nelle Harper Lee has published one novel, TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD. There is no doubt that TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD was a emotional story of racial injustice in the South as well as a story about children growing up and learning about life. This book shows how life really was for some but gives a vivid picture to all. The book takes place during the Great Depression. The book seems to come to life as you read it.

Birth/Vital Statistics:

Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28.1926. She was born in Monroe, Alabama . She is the youngest of four children of Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Finch Lee. She also has a brother named Edwin Coleman Lee. Education:

Nelle Harper Lee received her early education in the Monroeville public schools. Following this, she entered the University of Alabama to study law, but left in 1950 without having completed the requirements for her law degree. She moved to New York and worked as an airline reservation clerk. Her law studies proved to be good training for a writing career: they promote logical thinking, and legal cases are an excellent source of story ideas. After she came to New York, she approached a literary agent with a manuscript of two essays and three short stories. Miss Lee followed his suggestion that she expand one of the stories into a novel. This eventually became To Kill A Mockingbird.

Growing up:

Nelle Harper Lee’s father practiced as a lawyer and served as a state senator. She grew up as the youngest out of 4 children, and was the only one to pursue a literary career. She was a town boy and liked to do boy things. She was always an intelligent and an observant child. She alaways got into fights. Scout is almost a mirror image of Harper Lee. Harper Lee used Scout as an aspect of herself.

Literary Life:

When Harper Lee was younger she read and wrote a lot. Harper Lee attended Huntingdon College 1944-45, studied law at the University of Alabama 1945-49, and studied one year at Oxford University. In the 1950s she worked as a reservation clerk with Eastern Air Lines and BOAC in New York City.

In order to concentrate on writing, Harper Lee gave up her position with the airline and moved into a cold-water apartment with makeshift furniture. Her father's sudden illness forced her to divide her time between New York...

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Date:   04/17/2002

Category:   Biographies

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