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    Novelist Harper Lee Dies at Age 89

    The author of To Kill a Mockingbird died in a nursing home a stone’s throw from where she grew up in Monroeville, Alabama. Lee got her big break after friends offered to support her for a year so she could “focus on her passion without distraction,” writes OZY’s Sean Braswell. That arrangement led to her Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 masterpiece — her only novel in 55 years — which became one of the most widely read books about American racism. Lee’s second book, Go Set a Watchman, hit bookstores in July, and today she’s being remembered as a literary legend.

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