Literary Legends Harper Lee, Umberto Eco Die In Their 80s

February 20, 2016

Two brilliant and creative novelists died on Friday.

Reports said American author Harper Lee died in her sleep at the Meadows of Monroeville, an assisted living facility in Alabama. She was 89.

Lee, whose first novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” sold over 40-million copies, had already suffered from a severe stroke in 2007.

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was published in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction the next year, was about racial injustice in a small town of Alabama.

The book has become a classic of modern American literature.

Lee’s second book “Go Set a Watchman” was only published in July last year.

The book with an initial printing of two millions was described as a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Despite tepid reviews, its sales still leaped to the top of the fiction best-seller lists.

Lee never got married and had no children.

Meanwhile, Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco, best known for his novel, “The Name of the Rose,” has died after battling cancer.

He passed away at his home in Milan, Italy. He was 84.

His first novel, 1980’s “The Name of the Rose,” was an unorthodox detective story set in a medieval monastery.

It was made into a film in 1986, starring actors Sean Connery and Christian Slater.

Eco, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest writers in modern literature, continued to publish new works until last year with “Numero Zero” released in January.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.

 

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