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HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis confirmed the author's death to The Associated Press on Friday.
For most of her life, Lee divided her time between New York City, where she wrote the novel in the 1950s, and her hometown of Monroeville, which inspired the book's fictional Maycombe.
"To Kill a Mockingbird," published in 1960, is the story of a girl nicknamed Scout growing up in a Depression-era Southern town. A black man has been wrongly accused of raping a white woman, and Scout's father, the resolute lawyer Atticus Finch, defends him despite threats and the scorn of many
JUST IN: Harper Lee, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author, has passed away at age 89, Monroeville, AL mayor's office says pic.twitter.com/gFQJOitALx— ABC News (@ABC) February 19, 2016