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Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28 1926 in Monroeville Alabama a city of about 7000 people in Monroe County which has about 24000 people Monroeville is in southwest Alabama about halfway between Montgomery and Mobile She is the youngest of four children of Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Finch Lee Harper Lee attended Huntingdon College 1944-45 studied law at University of Alabama 1945-49 and studied one year at Oxford University In the 1950s she worked as a reservation clerk with Eastern Air Lines and BOAC in New York City In order to concentrate on writing Harper Lee gave up her position with the airline and moved into a cold-water apartment with makeshift furniture Her fathers sudden illness forced her to divide her time between New York and Monroeville a practice she has continuedIn 1957 Miss Lee submitted the manuscript of her novel to the J B Lippincott Company She was told that her novel consisted of a series of short stories strung together and she was urged to re-write it For the next two and a half years she re-worked the manuscript with the help of her editor Tay Hohoff and in 1960 To Kill a Mockingbird was published her only published book On May 29 1961 the Alabama Legislature passed a resolution to congratulate Miss Lee on her success That year she had two articles published Love--In Other Words in Vogue and Christmas To Me in McCalls Christmas To Me is the story of Harper Lee receiving the gift of a years time for writing from friends When Children Discover America was published in 1965In June of 1966 Harper Lee was one of two persons named by President Johnson to the National Council of Arts Also named to the 26 member council was artist Richard Diebenkorn JrMiss Lee attended the 1983 Alabama History and Heritage Festival in Eufaula Alabama She presented the essay Romance and High Adventure Most of what has been
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