Harper Lee Laid to Rest
Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has been buried in a private funeral in Alabama. Close family and friends gathered at the First United Methodist Church in Lee’s hometown of Monroeville on Saturday.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist died in her sleep on Friday at the age of 89. She was buried at her family plot alongside her father and sister. Lee used the small town of Monroeville as a model for the imaginary town of Maycomb, the setting of her classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide since its release in 1960. The book tells the tale of white lawyer Atticus Finch defending a black man accused of rape in the Deep South in the 1930s. Gregory Peck starred in the 1962 film adaptation of the book, and won a Best Actor Oscar for his role as Finch. Lee released a sequel, Go Set a Watchman, in 2015.