US writer Harper Lee dies at the age of 89

Sat 20 Feb 2016, 10:15:45
Harper Lee, one of America's most celebrated novelists whose masterpiece "To Kill a Mockingbird" was read by millions worldwide, has died at the age of 89. The Pulitzer-winning author evaded the spotlight for decades and spent her final years living in seclusion in Monroeville, Alabama, where she was born in

US President Barack Obama said in his tribute, Lee changed America for the better with her work. In a statement, the Obama family wrote, when Harper Lee sat down to write the book, she wasn’t seeking awards or fame. She was a country girl who just wanted to tell an honest story about life as she saw it.

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