Lee, who published “To Kill A Mockingbird” in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize for it in 1961, was reported dead by multiple sources in Monroeville, Alabama — the town where she grew up and later spent the second half of her life.
Soon after the news broke politicians across the state took time to pay their respects. Here’s what they had to say:
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby:
Today I join Alabamians and all Americans in mourning the passing of Harper Lee. Ms. Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ will live on as one of the most beloved, classic books in American history. Harper Lee was a true literary legend, and her work has impacted the lives of many. She will be deeply missed.
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-01):
We have lost an American and Alabama literary giant. Harper Lee, a native of Monroeville, inspired generations, and she will be sorely missed.
U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL-04):
Sorry to hear of the passing of Harper Lee. She was an Alabama treasure, and her literary legacy will live on.
Gov. Robert Bentley:
Today, we mourn the loss of Alabama’s treasured author Nelle Harper Lee. Harper Lee’s literary impact reaches far beyond the borders of our state and nation. “To Kill A Mockingbird” has impacted people around the word. It is because of Harper Lee that the world knows about her special hometown of Monroeville, which celebrated the launch of Lee’s second novel “Go Set A Watchman” last year. Harper Lee’s legacy will live on as we introduce Scout, Jem, Atticus and Lee’s beloved Macomb to future generations. I join Alabamians in praying for Harper Lee’s family and the City of Monroeville in the difficult days ahead.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange:
Alabama has lost a great lady today with the passing of Monroeville’s Nelle Harper Lee at the age of 89. More than 50 years after the publication of her landmark novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” her words are still read across the country and around the world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and many friends.