The treasured American classic To Kill a Mockingbird just turned 50! Author Nelle Harper Lee’s book was published July 11, 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. Lee grew up next door to Truman Capote in Monroeville, AL, which was the model for the town of Maycomb in the book. Lee, who is 84, is extremely reclusive and still resides in Monroevill, spent four years penning this powerful literary work about the Deep South and searing racial injustice.
To Kill a Mockingbird is the coming-of-age story of Scout Finch and her brother Jem, whose father, Atticus, is an attorney who defends a black man in a rape trial. I won’t give away anymore than this basic outline of the book, you just must read this richly layered masterpiece that can be read on so many levels. It is all at once a story of the microcosm of small town life, hatred, courage, morality and tolerance. Please take the time to step back this summer and read about this book and author Harper Lee. You will be glad you did. Happy Reading!
To Kill A Mockingbird