I need to write a summary on Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird.Based on this biography on Harper Lee from the following link, I have to write a summary on how Harper Lee's early life...

I need to write a summary on Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Based on this biography on Harper Lee from the following link, I have to write a summary on how Harper Lee's early life impacted her novel.

http://www.biography.com/articles/Harper-Lee-9377021?part=1

and i also need to use some example from the novel . this is not difficult i can do that but i just ned to know how her life impacted her novel.

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It is my understanding that Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, was familiar with the law because her father was a lawyer, among other careers. Just like Atticus, Lee's father defended two men and lost the case, seeing both men hanged. The difference is that A.C. Lee's clients were black, while Atticus' clients were white. Both Atticus and Lee's father changed the type of law they practiced:  A.C. Lee turned to title law, and similarly, Atticus moved away from practicing criminal law—in the novel he is praised as being a genius at writing air-tight wills.

Atticus' character is based upon Harper Lee's father as well. Lee also attended law school, but left six months before earning a degree. Lee's mother's name was Frances Cunningham Finch Lee. We can see where some names in the novel—"Finch" and "Cunningham"— came from.

Some sources say that the character of Scout is based on Lee's own childhood, while other sources report that Lee for many years denied that this was true. It would seem that more of Lee's childhood years are included that she admits, as childhood friends describe Lee as a "a rough 'n' tough tomboy", an accurate description of Scout as well. Lee was also involved in fights on the playground. Scout's boredom with school coincides with Lee's similar experience. We might also assume that Lee's protection of the reclusive Boo Radley by Heck Tate may well come from Lee's own need to remain far from the public eye. It has also been suggested that the character of Dill was based upon Lee's longtime friend and author, Truman Capote.

These are the elements of Harper Lee's life that seem to have impacted To Kill a Mockingbird.

 

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http://www.neabigread.org/books/mockingbird/mockingbird04.php

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