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Author Harper Lee (born in 1926) based much of her first and only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, on her own life experiences. The character of Scout is based on Miss Lee, who was also a tomboy and was about the same age as Scout during the years (1933-1935) encompassing the novel. Miss Lee grew up in little Monroeville, Alabama, and it was the model for Maycomb. Her father was an attorney, like Atticus; and her best friend was Monroeville summer resident, future writer Truman Capote, who was portrayed by Dill in the novel. The Great Depression was still ongoing during these years, and since it was a worldwide crisis, it was an essential part of life for both Miss Lee and her characters in the novel.
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