The life of Harper Lee


Alice Finch Lee born

September 11, 1911

Louise Lee Conner born

July 2, 1916

Edwin Coleman Lee born

October 1920

Nelle Harper Lee born

April 28, 1926


1932 - 12/31/1932

Harper meets Truman Capote

June 1932

Exact date unknown, Harper met Capote in kindergarten, and Lee graduated in 1944, assuming she did not skip a grade, then working backwards she met Capote when she was six years old.

1st through 3rd

1933 - 12/31/1935

4th through 8th grade

1936 - 12/31/1939

High School

1940 - 1944

Lee goes to Huntingdon College

1944 - 1945

She dropped out of Huntingdon and then went to the University of Alabama.

Lee goes to University of Alabama

1945 - 1950

Harper Lee dropped out again, due to the fact that she did not want to pursue a career in law, (which was a reason she went to the University of Alabama in the first place) but wanted to be a writer instead.

Enrolls at UA collage of law

1947 - 1950

Went to Oxford for the summer

6/21/1948 - 12/31/1948

Worked many jobs

1949 - 12/25/1956

Worked as both a flight attendent, and for the British Overseas Air Corp.

Lee goes to New York


Lee's Mother Dies

2 Jun 1951

Frances Finch Cunningham Lee died 2 Jun 1951.

Lee's brother Edwin Coleman Lee dies

July 12, 1951

Finds agent

November, 1956

Quit many jobs and focused on writing

12/25/1956 - July 11, 1960

Famous friend (Broadway composer Michael Brown) gave Lee a year's salary and a note that said
"You have one year off from your job to write whatever you please. Merry Christmas."
She then started to write "To Kill A Mockingbird"
Within three and a half years, it was finished.

Lee accompanies Truman Capote to Kansas


In 1959 Lee went with Truman Capote to Holcombe, Kansas, to help him research for his novel.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" published

July 11, 1960

"To Kill A Mockingbird" wins the Pulitzer Prize in 1961


Lee's Father dies

April 15, 1962

The film "To Kill A Mockingbird" is released

December 25, 1962

Lee appointed to the National Council on the Arts

June 1966

Illustrated English edition of TKAM appears in Moscow


Truman Capote dies

25 Aug 1984

Lee writes, "I am still alive although very quiet."


"I am still alive although very quiet." was the introduction to the 1995 35th anniversary edition of "To Kill A Mockingbird"

Harper Lee turns 80

Apr 28, 2006

Harper Lee awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

November 5, 2007

Harper's sister dies (Louise Lee Conner)

Oct. 13, 2009

Harper's sister (Alice Finch Lee) turns 100

September 11, 2011

Alice Finch Lee turned 100 on September 11, 2011.

Harper Lee's current age: 86


Harper Lee is now 86 years old. Lee is now "in an assisted-living facility, wheelchair bound, partially blind and deaf, and suffering from memory loss."

Outside World

Joseph Stalin becomes leader of the Soviet Union


Great Depression

1929 - 1939

Scottsboro Trials

April 6, 1931 - January 20, 1936

World War II

1 September 1939 - 2 September 1945

Brown v. Board of Education decided

May 17, 1954

Martin Luther King Jr. killed