Harper Lee

(Nelle Harper Lee)

Harper Lee
Harper Lee
  • Born: April 28, 1926
  • Died: February 19, 2016
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Novelist









Nelle Harper Lee was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature. Though Lee had only published this single book, in 2007 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Additionally, Lee received numerous honorary degrees, though she declined to speak on those occasions. She was also known for assisting her close friend Truman Capote in his research for the book In Cold Blood (1966). Capote was the basis for the character Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. Miscellaneous
The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
Folks don't like to have somebody around knowing more than they do.
From childhood on, I did sit in the courtroom watching my father argue cases and talk to juries.
I never expected any sort of success with 'Mockingbird'... I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement. Success
I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.
It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.
Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Well, they're Southern people, and if they know you are working at home they think nothing of walking right in for coffee. But they wouldn't dream of interrupting you at golf.
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
You've really got to start hitting the books because it's no joke out here.