Celebrities, writers, politicians mourn Harper Lee on Twitter

The literary world lost a titan when Harper Lee died on Friday at the age of 89.

The "To Kill a Mockingbird" author sold more than 40 million copies of the book, and her second book in 2015, "Go Set a Watchman," was supposedly the fastest-selling book of all time when it was released.

Prominent figures ranging from Oprah Winfrey to Stephen King to Andrew Cuomo paid homage to the author on Twitter, citing the influence her work had on their lives.


A few stars had personal anecdotes about Lee or her work. Winfrey said that Lee was her first "favorite author," and that she wished she had been able to interview the famously private author, who declined her request.

Lin-Manuel Miranda reminisced about teaching his 7th grade English students about the book.

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