Author Harper Lee Dead At 89 [Newsweek]

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Category: Media & Culture / Feb 19, 2016 1:53PM EDT

Harper Lee, author of the acclaimed book, To Kill a Mockingbird and its sequel, Go Set a Watchman, has died at the age of 89. Diane Hodges reports.

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Harper Lee, author of the literary classic, "To Kill a Mockingbird," has died at the age of 89.

The book, about a child's view of right and wrong in 1930s Alabama, won Lee a Pulitzer Prize and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

For decades it was thought she would never follow up "To Kill a Mockingbird", but in July of 2015 her publisher released the book "Go Set a Watchman" which presents the same characters at a later time and from a different point of view.

Watchman immediately became one of the fastest-selling books ever, with readers snapping up more than one million copies in the first week.

But the book also generated controversy from those who said that it was actually a draft of "Mockingbird" and that Lee never intended for it to be published.

She spent her final years in declining health in a nursing home in Alabama.