Sorry, Messrs Twain, Capote, Salinger and Hawthorne – you were pipped at the post by an unassuming girl from Alabama - Nelle Harper Lee.
Harper Lee has effectively vanished. She never published another novel and is most certainly not to be seen reminiscing about her struggle with whatever on Oprah. To all intents and purposes she has disappeared off the face of the earth. However, she is still alive and well. Now 84 she lives in the town in which she was born, Monroeville, Alabama.