HARPER LEE, AUTHOR OF 'TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD', DIES AGED 89 0 209

Harper Lee, author of the critically and commercially successful book To Kill a Mockingbird which was published in 1960, has died in her home-town of Monroeville, Alabama.

The news was confirmed via a statement released on behalf of her family which said Lee:

“passed away early this morning in her sleep. Her passing was unexpected.”

A flood of tributes to the writer have since poured in via social media with her name becoming the top trend on Twitter in a matter of minutes.

Barack Obama also paid tribute to Lee on Facebook saying:

“Atticus, he was real nice.”

“Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.”

When Harper Lee sat down to write To Kill a Mockingbird, she wasn’t seeking awards or fame. She was a country girl who just wanted to tell an honest story about life as she saw it.

But what that one story did, more powerfully than one hundred speeches possibly could, was change the way we saw each other, and then the way we saw ourselves. Through the uncorrupted eyes of a child, she showed us the beautiful complexity of our common humanity, and the importance of striving for justice in our own lives, our communities, and our country.

Ms. Lee changed America for the better. And there is no higher tribute we can offer her than to keep telling this timeless American story – to our students, to our neighbors, and to our children – and to constantly try, in our own lives, to finally see each other.

To Kill a Mockingbird sold more than 30 million copies around the world and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Lee only published the sequel, Go Set a Watchman, last year.

The novelist was born Nelle Harper Lee on 28 April 1926, the youngest of four children, and had always lived a guarded, private life, rarely giving interviews.

 

 

 

 

 

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TRUMP PRAISES KANYE FOR RISE IN POLL NUMBERS, IGNORES MCCAIN DECISION 0 69

Donald Trump has been criticised for praising Kanye West at his latest rally, while failing to acknowledge gravely ill senator John McCain. The US president mentioned the rapper and his reality TV star wife Kim Kardashian at a fundraising dinner for the Ohio Republican Party in Columbus on Friday evening.

However, he refrained from sending a message to Senator John McCain, 81, whose family had earlier announced that he would no longer continue medical treatment for a stage-four brain tumour.

The White House has also remained silent on the news.

Referring to his poll figures, Mr Trump said during his speech: “All of a sudden those numbers started going up, up, up, and we did great.

“Now we’re doing great and Kanye West liked me. And that really lifted my [numbers].

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TRUMP ‘FIXER’ TURNS ON THE PRESIDENT IN MULLER PROBE 0 303

Michael Cohen turned against Donald Trump after the President backed Vladimir Putin ahead of US intelligence services.

A summit between the two leaders in Helsinki in July was the final straw for Cohen, his lawyer Lanny Davis told Sky News, prompting him to seriously question Mr Trump’s loyalty to the US and suggesting “almost a mental instability in the man”.

The president’s former “fixer” had previously been a staunch supporter of Mr Trump, saying he would “take a bullet” for the president.

Mr Davis added that it was “absolutely clear that Donald Trump committed a felony” by ordering hush payments be made to two women “so that his political election chances would not be harmed” before the 2016 presidential election.

Cohen told a court on Tuesday that he had paid off porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal in order to influence the 2016 US election campaign, at the direction of a “candidate”.

Mr Davis said his client “was talking about Donald Trump” and that he had “directed and co-ordinated” the payments.