Monroeville, AL, US
A descendant of Robert E. Lee, Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She studied law at the University of Alabama, but left school to pursue a writing career. In 1949 Lee moved to New York City and took a job as an airline reservation agent, writing fiction in her spare time.
Her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is set in Maycomb, Alabama. It tells the story of a white attorney who, by defending an innocent black man, refuses to give in to the pressure of the prejudiced society in which he lives. Published July 11, 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird was an immediate bestseller and won great critical acclaim, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. Though Lee only published this single book for half a century, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature.
Go Set a Watchman is a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, though it was completed before the latter .The novel is also set in Maycomb, Alabama, when the adult Scout returns to visit from New York 20 years later.
Harper Lee lives in Alabama.