Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926 and passed away on February 19, 2016 in Monroeville, Alabama, which produced two world-renowned authors in the same generation. Harper Lee was the grade-school classmate of the young Truman Capote, with whom she maintained a friendship well into adulthood. (In 1966 Capote dedicated In Cold Blood to her.) The youngest of four children of Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Finch Lee, Harper attended Huntingdon College 1944-45, studied law at University of Alabama 1945-49, and spent a year at Oxford University. In the 1950s she moved to New York City where, after working briefly as an airline reservation clerk, she decided to focus exclusively on her writing. She moved into a cold-water flat and began writing To Kill a Mockingbird. In 1957 she submitted the manuscript to the J. B. Lippincott Company and was told that her novel read too much like a series of loosely connected short stories. She spent the next two and a half years revising the book, and in 1960 it was published to widespread acclaim, winning the Pulitzer Prize and thousands of devoted readers.