People react to "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Lee's death

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Posted: Feb 19, 2016 1:35 PM

People remembering Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," who died early Friday at age 89:

—Former President George W. Bush, who awarded Lee the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007:

"Laura and I join our fellow Americans in mourning the death of a legendary novelist and lovely lady, Miss Harper Lee. Harper Lee was ahead of her time, and her masterpiece ... prodded America catch up with her."

—Aaron Sorkin, who has written an adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird" for Broadway:

"Like millions of others, I was saddened to learn this morning of the passing of Harper Lee, one of America's most beloved authors. I'm honored to have the opportunity to adapt her seminal novel for the stage."

—Mary Murphy, Emmy Award-winning independent film and television writer, producer and director whose documentary about Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird was broadcast on PBS American Masters:

"I would say that her legacy is very much intact. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is a rare, extraordinary novel that cut across everything in this country."

—Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.:

"Today I join Alabamians and all Americans in mourning the passing of Harper Lee. Ms. Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird' will live on as one of the most beloved, classic books in American history."

—Longtime friend Wayne Flynt, who said he visited Lee last week:

"She was witty, savagely witty as she always is. Her mind was keen."