Harper Lee's Life Accomplishments

To Kill a Mockingbird
v Christmas, 1956 a good friend gave her a present of a year’s
        wages with a note that said, “You have one year 
off from your
       
job to write whatever you please. Merry Christmas.”

v She had the first draft of the book written within that year. It 
        was published July 11, 1960 and  became an immediate 
        bestseller.


v  It was named the best novel of the century in 1999 in a poll by
        Library Journal (a publication of the American Library 
        Association).


v  It is consistently on numerous lists in the top 50 books of all 
        
time. 

Awards

v     In 1961, To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize.

v     President Johnson named Harper Lee to the National Council on the Arts.

v     President George W. Bush awarded Harper Lee the Presidential Medal of Freedom – “an
      especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United  
      States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”


 

 
    


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Easy to Teach, "To Kill a Mocking Bird (by Harper Lee) - Novel Study Activity Guide." Easy to Teach:
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