Harper Lee, Southern literary icon…

Harper Lee, you were a Southern literary icon.  Born and raised in rural Alabama. Ironically, as a descendant of Confederate Civil War General Robert E. Lee, you wrote a book about racial injustices during the Jim Crow era of the south.  A book that has been deemed, appropriately, the best novel of the 20th Century.  As a fiercely private person, those may say they never knew the woman behind the novel.  I disagree.  I believe your essence flows through the pages of “To Kill a Mockingbird”.  Your portrayal of life in the rural Jim Crow south were spot on, and, even as a high school student reading it for the first time, felt transcended into that time period.  I felt empathy for Atticus & Tom Robinson, and at times felt as though I was looking squarely through the eyes of Scout. One of the true classics of literature!

Thank you Harper Lee, you will be missed, but your literary legacy will carry on for generations.  Rest peacefully…