To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback)

Author: Lee, Harper

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The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.


Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780061120084
SKU 202116361
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0061120081
Release Date 6/1/2006
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Harper Lee
Born and raised in Alabama, (Nelle) Harper Lee attended Huntingdon College from 1944 to 1945, studied law at the University of Alabama from 1945 to 1949, and spent a year at Oxford University. In the 1950s, she worked as an airline clerk in New York while writing her first novel. Her manuscript was rejected, and she was advised to rewrite it, which, fortunately, she did. Lee retained the setting and some characters, but shifted the point-of-view to that of six-year old "Scout" Finch, a tomboy and daughter of a town lawyer, Atticus Finch. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD was published in 1960, became a best seller, and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. A movie was made in 1962 starring Gregory Peck, who received an Academy Award for his portrayal of Atticus. (Lee modeled the character Dill on her close friend Truman Capote, whom she lived next door to as a child.) |For decades after the enormous success of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Harper Lee did not produce another work. She refused to give interviews and lived a reclusive life in Alabama and New York City. In her introduction to a reissue of the novel, she wrote, "I am still alive, although very quiet." Lee received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 and, in 2010, a National Medal of Arts.|In 2015, the nation was surprised by news reports that the manuscript for the early version had been discovered in a safe deposit box and that Lee--now living in a nursing home near her home town--approved its publication. GO SET A WATCHMAN was published in July, 2015 to much fanfare, sparking a renewed interest in Harper Lee's life and work.
"Atticus Finch being spat upon without spitting back and Ben-Hur choosing not to kill Messala. Those are lessons. Mercy. Tolerance. Those burned in my imagination."
"[T]he perennially beloved and treacly account of growing up in a small Southern town during the Depression....To read the novel is, for most, an exercise in wish-fulfillment and self-congratulation, a chance to consider thorny issues of race and prejudice from a safe distance and with the comfortable certainty that the reader would never harbor the racist attitudes espoused by the lowlifes in the novel."
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Annotation TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is about the crisis of human behavior and conscience arising from the racism and prejudice that exist in the small Southern town during the Depression. Scout Finch, age 8, who lives with her brother, Jem, and their lawyer father, Atticus, in Maycomb, Alabama, tells the story of her father's defense of Tom Robinson, a young black man who is being tried for the rape of a white woman. Harper Lee's only novel, first published in 1960 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, is a much-beloved tale of growing up, as well as an exploration of heroism confronted with bigotry.
Editors Note Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South -- and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, served as the basis of an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father -- a crusading local lawyer -- risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0323
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers

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