“Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself. It's a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.” — Harper Lee, Author of “To Kill A Mockingbird”
Harper Lee’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel “To Kill A Mockingbird" was published to immediate success 59 years ago today. A tale of racial injustice set in the American Deep South, Lee’s book has become an American classroom staple, selling 45 million copies to date. Despite the novel’s enormous success, Lee would spend the next six decades avoiding the spotlight until finally releasing a sequel in 2015 titled “Go Set A Watchman”, her second published work to date. While Harper Lee may not have been the most prolific writer, she was deservedly awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 for her "outstanding contribution to America's literary tradition”.