Harper Lee (April 28, 1926 - present)

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In History
  • Birth

    Nelle Harper Lee was born on April, 28 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama.
  • Lee befriends Truman Capote

    Lee befriends Truman Capote
    Harper Lee befriended a boy in her neighborhood named Truman Streckfus Persons. Truman was an eccentric child who was sent to live with relatives in Monroeville. Their friendship lasted decades. He was also a writer and eventually adopted the pan name Truman Capote.
  • Huntingdon College

    Huntingdon College
    Harper Lee attended Huntingdon College, a women's college in Alabama.
  • The University of Alabama

    The University of Alabama
    Harper Lee transfers to The University of Alabama where she pursued a law degree. Lee wrote for the campus newspaper and humor magazine.
  • Capote bases character on Lee

    Capote bases character on Lee
    Truman Capote publised an authobiographal novel called "Other Voices, Other Rooms". The book has a tomboyish character named Isabel who is based on Harper Lee.
  • Career Change and Move

    Career Change and Move
    Harper Lee quits law school and moves to New York to pursue writing career.
  • Work

    Harper Lee supported herself in New York while working for an airline. She worked for for several years. She did not do much writing.
  • Lee returns to writing

    Lee returns to writing
    On Christmas, Harper Lee's friends put money together and buy her a year off of work so she can continue writing. From then on she supports herself as a writer.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird

    To Kill A Mockingbird
    "To Kill A Mockingbird" is published. It becomes an immediate success. The plot and characters are loosely based on her observations of her family and neighbors, as well as an event that happened near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. "To Kill A Mockingbird" is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America.
  • Lee wins the Pulizter Prize

    Lee wins the Pulizter Prize
    Lee was awarded the Pulizter Prize for "To Kill A Mockingbird" at the age of 35.
  • The Movie

    The  Movie
    The film version of "To Kill A Mockingbird" is released. The movie starred Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Scout. The film was an instant success.
  • Best of the Century

    Best of the Century
    The Library Journal voted "To Kill A Mockingbird" the best novel of the twentieth century.
  • Academy Induction

    Harper Lee was inducted into The American Academy of Arts and Letters. To be nominated to the Academy is thought of as the highest formal recognition of artistic talent and accomplishment in America
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Presidential Medal of Freedom
    President George W. Bush presents Harper Lee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.