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Dear Harper Lee: A Note of Thanks

On Feb. 19, 2016, Harper Lee, author of the incomparable "To Kill a Mockingbird," died. In the days following, we struggled to find the right words to express our thoughts on Lee's contribution, until we read this heartfelt letter from one of our writer pals, Cathy Higgins. Cathy has graciously allowed us to repost it here.

Dear Harper Lee,

In light of your recent passing, I thought this would be a good time to posthumously express my appreciation to you for both your literary contribution and for being an example of quiet dignity.

I am so grateful that you took the time to craft “To Kill a Mockingbird.” I first read your wonderful novel as a youth. The complexity and simplicity blended with humor to tell a tale that ...

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