Remembering Harper Lee's Hometown
Harper Lee has died at age 89. We remember her with a look back at the town that inspired her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, To Kill a Mockingbird.
"Top secret," Mr. X whispered to me toward the end of my stay in Monroeville, Alabama. "Nelle is in town."
By then, though, I was in on the secret. Three other people had also mentioned Nelle sightings that day. Besides, I'd spotted the secret myself—having driven by a bank building and seen a thick-bodied woman with short, white hair dressed in slacks and a short-sleeve shirt help an older, wren-like woman out of the car and on to a walker. It was Harper Lee (whose first name is Nelle), author of To Kill a Mockingbird, dropping off her older sister, Alice Finch Lee, at the office where she practices law.
Monroeville, where Harper Lee grew up and where Truman Capote, her childhood friend,