How did Harper Lee contribute to American Literature?

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Harper Lee's greatest contribution to American Literature has to be To Kill a Mockingbird.  The book's impact was felt then as it is today, echoed in reviews that the book received:  "A hundred pounds of sermons on tolerance, or an equal measure of invective deploring the lack of it, will weigh far less in the scale of enlightenment than a mere 18 ounces of a new fiction bearing the title To Kill a Mockingbird."  As she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, former President Bush spoke of Harper Lee's contribution to American Literature:

Forty-six years after winning the Pulitzer Prize, To Kill a Mockingbird still touches and inspires every reader. We're moved by the story of a man falsely accused -- with old prejudice massed against...

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