Harper Lee Was an Airline Reservation Clerk

“Harper Lee, author of one of the great American novels and winner of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, had worked as a reservation clerk at Eastern Airlines for years when she received a note from friends: “You have one year off from your job to write whatever you please. Merry Christmas.” By the next year, she’d penned To Kill a Mockingbird.”

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2 responses to “Harper Lee Was an Airline Reservation Clerk

  1. O I needed to learn this! What great friends she had.

    • Didn’t she though? I thought I had some pretty great friends until I read this, now I’m not so sure. Nobody’s offered me a year off work. (Of course it could have something to do with talent.)

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