American author Harper Lee dies at 89

BLOOMBERG: Author of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ died earlier today at a hospice facility in Alabama.

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Lee, who once aspired to be the Jane Austen of southern Alabama, won both critical acclaim and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her 1960 work. U.S. librarians named “To Kill a Mockingbird” the best novel of the 20th century, according to a 1999 survey by Library Journal. The book is among the most popular pieces of fiction ever, having sold about 40 million copies. The 1962 film adaptation won three Academy Awards.

Avoiding the burdens of fame and the challenge of matching the popularity of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lee didn’t publish another book for 55 years.

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