The author of the instant classic best-seller “To Kill A Mockingbird”, Harper Lee, has left behind a legacy after passing away at the age of 89. Read more after the jump.

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Nelle Harper Lee’s death was confirmed by the mayor’s office in Monroeville, Alabama. Her publisher, Harper Collins, had not yet confirmed the news.

Lee won the Pulitzer prize for her novel in 1961 and was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George Bush in 2007.

For most of her career, Lee remained shy from the fame, not talking to much press after her book’s initial’s release. She wrote it’s sequel (her only other book), Go Set A Watchman, last year.

To Kill A Mockingbird remains in schools across the country and has amassed 30 million copies to date.