Two greats of the literary world passed away over the weekend.
Nelle Harper Lee is best known as the author of To kill a mockingbird. Originally published in 1960, it achieved immediate critical acclaim winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. It remains a bestseller with more than 30 million copies in print. Over the years, Hurstville Library patrons have borrowed To kill a mockingbird a grand total of 573 times.
Lee’s second novel, Go set a watchman, was written in the late 1950s. However, it wasn’t published until 2015 and then in controversial circumstances as it was originally marketed as a sequel to To kill a mockingbird. It was later confirmed that it was that novels first draft.
Lee also assisted her close friend Truman Capote with researching In cold blood. She received numerous honorary degrees, most notably the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded the George W. Bush in 2007.
Umberto Eco was an Italian novelist, critic and philosopher. He was originally known as a writer of non-fiction; his first published work being 1956s The aesthetics of Thomas Aquinas. His first fiction novel wasn’t published until 1980 but it became his best known work, The name of the rose. What turned out to be his last book, Numero zero, was published in 2015.