Harper Lee, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author, has died at 89

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Harper Lee, the elusive author whose “To Kill a Mockingbird” became an enduring bestseller and classic film with its child's-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, has died. She was 89.

HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis confirmed the author's death to The Associated Press on Friday.

For most of her life, Lee divided her time between New York City, where she wrote the novel in the 1950s, and her hometown of Monroeville, which inspired the book's fictional Maycombe.

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” published in 1960, is the story of a girl nicknamed Scout growing up in a Depression-era Southern town.

Organizations: HarperCollins, The Associated Press

Geographic location: New York City, Monroeville

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