When Harper Lee presented her initial manuscript, Watchman, to an editor, it was suggested Lee develop the character of the young girl. Taking this advice, To Kill a Mockingbird was written (1960). The novel went on to receive a Pulitzer Prize and the story was adapted into the 1962 Academy Award winning film.
Success left Lee overwhelmed. In 1962, she gave her last interview and all but disappeared – swearing she’d never publish anything again. Several years ago Ms Lee suffered a stroke and at 89 years old is in an Alabama nursing home in less that good health.