10 Interesting Facts About Harper Lee

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If you have read the novel How to Kill a Mockingbird you all may know Harper Lee. What’s sad is that the author who is so close to us, who won the Pulitzer Prize for writing this one classical novel passed away on 19th February 2016. While we grieve for her death, we may also want to know her more. Don’t we? Here are 10 interesting facts about Harper Lee you might want to know about:

Harper Lee Facts

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10) How to Kill a Mockingbird was not her First Novel
Yes it is true! Before How to Kill a Mocking Bird was published, Harper Lee was working on another novel, named as Go Set a Watchman, she gave it to the publisher in 1957 but when the book wasn’t accepted she kept it aside and started working on How to Kill a Mocking Bird.

9) Mockingbird made Harper Lee Wealthy
So why did Lee stopped publishing after just writing one book? Money! Statistics show that around 40 million copies have been sold moreover Harper Lee used to get $3 million every year from the sale of the book, with that much money coming in, she does not need to do more.

8) Her lifestyle
Well, she’s a rich woman; she should be drowning in the pool of money. As a matter of fact, this was not the case. Lee led a simple lifestyle, she lived in a normal apartment in New York and mostly did her shopping from Wall Mart or Vanity Fair Outlet. So where did all her money go? Charities; Lee used to give funds to organizations who had charitable causes.

7) How to Kill a Mockingbird once beat the Bible
The Bible came at No.2 to Mockingbird in 2009. Mockingbird has sold 40 million copies compared to the Bible which has sold more than 5 billion copies! It is said that the Mockingbird is the most influential book of all time.

6) Harper’s Lee real name is Nelle Harper Lee
Don’t call me Harper, call me Nelle is what Harper used to say. She was named Nelle in the honor of her grandmother Ellen. The point of concern is why is she called as Harper worldwide and not Nelle, well Harper did not want people to confuse Nelle with Nellie so she stuck to the name Harper Lee.

5) The Truman Rumor
Truman Capote was Lee’s neighbors, they were childhood friends. There was once a rumor circled that the real mind behind the book was Truman and not Harper, well on the other side Harper never wrote another book after this one, so we really don’t know.

4) Harper Lee used to read Harry Potter
Although Lee was not much of a contemporary fiction fan, but she enjoyed reading J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series. She enjoyed them and became an instant fan of the series.

3) The Book was Written Slowly and Painfully
Lee admitted that it was not easy writing the book. She would spend around 6 to 12 hours a day on her desk, thinking about what she wants to write and was able to come up with one manuscript text per day. She believes that there is no glamor in writing, it’s a tough job.

2) Harper Lee was a Happy Person
She loved to laugh. She was not as boring as one might take her. She was a delightful person.

1) She was not a Typical Teenager
Lee was not like any teenager who preferred dating and hanging out. She had very little concerns about fashion, makeup or dates; all the while making herself into a genuine being.

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