Although recent research by Annabelle Cooper suggests that Lee overstated his poverty stricken childhood, there can be little doubt that he was born into a struggling household; a situation worsened considerably through his grandmother’s problems with alcohol (perhaps understandably, Lee later refused to drink his entire adult life). After attending primary school, he worked in factories and on …
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