Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, died today at the age of 89 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. One cannot underestimate the impact of, what was until last year, her singular novel.
Not only did it win her a Pulitzer Prize but President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
Lee gave birth to Atticus Finch, a towering American hero who the American Film Institute named as the top American film hero.
Sadly, over a half century after its publication, it remains controversial and is among the most banned books in American schools and libraries.