Harper Lee, the author behind the literary classic To Kill A Mockingbird and the more recent novel Go Set A Watchman has passed away at age 89.
The Pulitzer Prize winning author's passing was confirmed by the city clerk in Monroeville, AL, where Lee lived, though it is unclear when exactly or how she passed.
Lee's 1960 novel, about racial tensions in the South as viewed by the daughter of a white lawyer defending a black man on trial for the rape of a white woman, was a critical and instant success, earning her the Pulitzer one year after it was released. She became a reluctant celebrity in the literature world afterwards, though her lack of publishing a second novel until 2015 frustrated many of her fans over the years.
Regardless of those frustrations, however, many have taken to social media to express their sorrow over Lee's death, with many thanking her for the message she sent with her writing and crediting her for their love of literature, while celebrities and other fellow authors also expressed their sorrow over her death:
Rest in peace Harper Lee. Thank you for teaching us to stand up for what you believe in...
— Maria Khan (@LuckyMariakh) February 19, 2016
One of my favorite books of all time. Rest in peace Harper Lee. pic.twitter.com/gKPlQa7W7m — Samuel Gaston (@Gaston_Samuel) February 19, 2016
HARPER LEE pic.twitter.com/KzxcCJEt68
— Ariel Winter (@arielwinter1) February 19, 2016
So sad to hear that the amazingly talented . Harper Lee passed away today . Her words will live on forever pic.twitter.com/0Zu0t6zHRi — Shanda Rogers (@ShandaRogers_) February 19, 2016
RIP Harper lee
but Atticus finch will remain immortal and so will you.
— Akriti...!! (@Wanderlustress_) February 19, 2016
The death of my favourite author Harper Lee saddens me.I wanted to meet her one day,I can't believe that will never happen. RIP Harper Lee — [Nomy Mash] (@Nomy_Mash) February 19, 2016
R.I.P Ms. Harper Lee. A white girl who in just 309 pgs shamed the hateful & intolerant, schooled the innocent, championed the outcast, & made all of us post baby boomers fall in love with words. Pictured on set of TKAMB in 1962 with her Scout (Mary Badham)
A photo posted by Danny Lee Wynter (@mrdannyleewynter) on Feb 19, 2016 at 8:39am PST
When my son Henry was born, Ms. Lee signed a copy of Looking for Alaska for him with the inscription, "Welcome to the world Henry Atticus." — John Green (@johngreen) February 19, 2016
That book is my most prized possession. Ms. Lee lived a private life, but she was quietly and extraordinarily generous.
— John Green (@johngreen) February 19, 2016
So sorry to hear about Harper Lee’s passing. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was a gift to us all. https://t.co/oqDU2lOcLM pic.twitter.com/TSFPLSwPgs — Katie Couric (@katiecouric) February 19, 2016
Oh no. The Great Harper Lee has passed away. She changed the world with "to Kill A Mockingbird."
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) February 19, 2016