Harper Lee Birth
Harper Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama. Her father was by turns an editor, lawyer and even Senator. He is purported to be the model upon some of the characteristics for Atticus Finch (from To Kill a Mockingbird was based.
Harper Lee Career
From 1944 to 1945, Lee attended Huntingdon College (a private women's college) in Montgomery, Alabama. She followed in her father's footsteps up to a point--she studied law at the University of Alabama from 1945 to 1950. In 1947, she enrolled in the University of Alabama School of Law. But, that's where that path ended (she discontinued her law studies 6 months before receiving her degree.
Harper Lee moved to New York to pursue her writing career. She also famously worked as a research assistant to Truman Capote when he researched (and wrote) In Cold Blood, based on the nonfiction events in Holcombe, Kansas.
When a friend offered to support her for a year while she pursued writing full-time, she penned the first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird, which has now been recognized as one of the finest literary masterworks of its time.
Harper Lee famously said, "I am still alive although very quiet."