The sad news that Harper Lee, author of the incomparable To Kill a Mockingbird, has died has been announced this morning.
To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and earned Harper Lee the Pulitzer Prize the following year. The book is based on people and events in Lee’s home town, Monroeville, Alabama. Written from the point of view of a young girl, Scout Finch, the novel’s themes include race relations in southern America. Gregory Peck played Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, in the 1962 film. Last year, somewhat controversially, a sequel was published – Go Set a Watchman.