This is sad news. The author of To Kill a Mockingbird and the controversial Go Set a Watchman died today, age 89.
There will no doubt be hundreds of articles about her life, work and times, appearing all across the web, and I won’t even try to add to that list. But I do want to express my thanks for her brilliant first novel, for the creation of several iconic characters, and for what she gave overall to the Republic of Letters.
Harper Lee, you will be missed.
For those of you who want to read a quick look at her life, with several links to other articles, this Guardian story is a good place to start.