Harper Lee is an American novelist that was born in Monroeville, Alabama in 1926. She was born to her mother, Frances, who was a homemaker and her father, Amasa, who was a former newspaper editor and proprietor that also practiced law and served in the Alabama State Legislature from 1926 to 1938. Harper Lee was the youngest of four children. She was a tomboy and an advanced reader as a child. Her best friend was her schoolmate and neighbor, Truman Capote. She went to the Monroe County High School, and it was at this location that she found her love for literature. In 1944, after graduating high school, Lee attended the Huntingdon College in Montgomery. This college was an all-female school. At this school she focused on her studies and her writing as opposed to other girls that focused on fashion. Lee was also a member of the literary honor society. In July of 1960 Lee’s most famous book, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published. To Kill a Mockingbird was an immediate bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. Following the publishment of her highly acclaimed novel, Lee announced a second novel, but this one was never published. She also spent a lot of her later years helping her childhood friend, Truman Capote, with writing his novel In Cold Blood. As of today Lee lives in solitude and stays separated from the outside world.
Influence of the Mockingbird
Was Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird influenced by her life and events that occurred within it or was it created with her imagination? Lee is an American novelist that is most famous for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel caught immediate success following its release. This novel that made her famous, as it caught the eyes of many readers throughout the country, but how did she write and compose such an elaborate novel? Harper Lee’s real life experiences, from her early years through her middle-life, influenced the events that took place in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird with regards to the setting of the novel, the characters in it, and events that took place during it.
The setting of To Kill a Mockingbird was influenced by the setting of Harper Lee’s hometown and location of her childhood. Alabama is a southern state that contains many rural cities and areas such as Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville. Maycomb was influenced by Lee’s hometown. “Maycomb [was] a tired old town.” (Normey). Although the county is fictional, the name is very familiar to Macon, Alabama, which is a county near Monroeville, Alabama. “Its closest sounding real-life counterpart is Macon, which lies several counties over from the southwest corner of Alabama” (Moss 395). “Those who grew up in Lee's hometown remember one family's house, the Boulars, which was "boarded up and falling down”...across the street from the Lee home” (Bloom). The Boular household is very similar to that of Boo Radley’s; Boo’s house was influenced by it. “The...