Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee, who penned To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960, died on Friday at the age of 89. Karen Head is an assistant professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication She also is the director of the Institute's Communication Center.
America lost one of its greatest writers with the passing of Harper Lee – gone now is a generation of remarkable Southern writers, many of them women. Perhaps we may never see such a group of writers (Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers and Katherine Anne Porter, among them), writers who chronicled and defined our real world through the fictional worlds they created.
Works like To Kill a Mockingbird are rare. Writers like Lee are equally rare, but serve as examples of what every aspiring writer should strive to be.