Remembering the amazing advice Harper Lee sent to a young fan

Louis Dor
Friday 19 February 2016 17:00
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Harper Lee, has died at the age of 89, sources in her hometown of Monroeville confirmed Friday morning.

Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the most influential books of the 20th century.

Her second novel, Go Set a Watchman, was published in July 2015 as the sequel, having been written in the mid 1950s.

In 2006, she wrote a letter replying to a young fan who had asked for a picture of her, instead offering up some advice:

Picture: Nate D. Sanders

The note reads:

Dear Jeremy

I don't have a picture of myself, so please accept these few lines:

As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don't think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, "I'm probably no better than you, but I'm certainly your equal."

Harper Lee

HT Letters of Note

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