Harper Lee 's Influence On Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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Harper Lee’s Influences for To Kill a Mockingbird Born in Monroeville, Alabama, on April 28, 1926, Nelle Harper Lee was destined to become a legend. When Harper Lee published her first, and only novel To Kill a Mockingbird, she had no idea the impact it would have not only on her generation, but generations to come. Harper Lee grew up in the small town of Monroeville, Alabama, and from her experiences and relationships in the town she drew inspiration for what would come to be known as “One of America’s Greatest Novels” Harper Lee, born Nelle Harper Lee, was the youngest of four children to Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Finch. Her father Amasa Coleman Lee served as a member of the Alabama State of Representatives from 1927-1939; he was the only parent truly present in Harper’s life. Her mother suffered from undiagnosed depression, and tended to stay inside and keep to herself. Growing up Harper Lee was an unashamed tomboy, as a child she befriended future author Truman Captote, at the time he was known as Truman Persons. They bonded over their troubled relationship with parents. He was abandoned by his parents to life with relatives in Alabama, and her mother hardly acknowledged her. As a student Harper Lee was exemplary, she focused strongly on her studies instead of makeup, fashion, etc. In high school Lee’s interest in literature heightened. Originally Lee planned to study law; she attended University of Alabama from 1945 to 1949. After having to quit working for the…

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