The world lost a Pulitzer Prize-winning author on Friday as Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, died at age 89.
An iconic book in American literature and a staple of educational reading, the novel was the only one Lee published in her career — until a year ago when her second, Go Set a Watchman, arrived 55 years after Mockingbird.
While the story of her book is well known, her life really isn’t as she intentionally lived out of the spotlight after her literary success. Lee granted no interviews after 1964 and made very few public appearances in the past and, as a result of this, signed copies of her book are relatively rare given the potential demand. (Translation: They’ve always been expensive but can be found.)