Why Famous: Known for her 1961 Pulitzer Prize winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird", which deals with the issues of racism that she observed as a child in her hometown.
Although it was her only published novel, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature.
- 1960-07-11 "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee is first published by J. B. Lippincott & Co.
- 1961-05-01 Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee for her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"
- 1962-12-25 "To Kill a Mockingbird", a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released (Gregory Peck - Best Actor Academy Awards 1963)
- 2013-05-04 Harper Lee files a lawsuit against a literary agent over the copyright of "To Kill a Mockingbird"
- 2015-07-14 Harper Lee's 2nd novel "Go Set A Watchman", an early 1957 version of "To Kill A Mocking Bird" goes on sale in 70 countries