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 15 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.
About the Author
Nelle Harper Lee is known for her Putltzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, her only major work. In 1999, it was voted "Best Novel of the Century" in a poll by Library Journal. Ms. Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature in 2007. Her father was a lawyer who served in the Alabama state legislature from 1926 to 1938. As a child, Lee was a tomboy and enjoyed the friendship of her schoolmate, Truman Capote. After completing To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee accompanied Capote to Holcomb, Kansas, to assist him in researching his bestselling book, In Cold Blood. Since publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee has granted very few requests for interviews or public appearances and has published no other novels.
Spacek, with her lilting Southern accent, perfectly captures the voice of Scout, the young girl whose life is thrown into turmoil when her father, the upright and highly ethical lawyer Atticus Finch, takes on the defense of a black man accused of raping a white woman. Their sleepy Alabama town may never be the same and Spacek's exceptional pacing propels this Pulitzer Prize-winner-a staple of many high school reading lists-to its inexorable conclusion. The 1962 film, starring Gregory Peck (who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Atticus Finch), was named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1995. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"A novel of great sweetness, humor, compassion, and of mystery carefully sustained." "Harper's Magazine""
This novel is a classic. I studied this book in year 11, and have read it many times more. The detail and writing is of the best quality. The narrative is slightly flawed, as it is from an eight year olds perspective, but the ideas are still clear and well-written. A definite recommendation to all.
I sat down to read this book the minute it came in the post (which was very quick- Thanks) A wonderful book that I just can't put down. This edition is a good size to fit in a bag to read on the go but the print is on the small size.
This is a brilliant novel. Lee captures the voice of the protagonist perfectly, especially since it's rather hard to portray the views of an eight-year old accurately without making him seem to mature for his age. The story is both heart-wrenching and thought provoking.
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a fantastic classic novel that people of all ages should read. Through the actions and situations explored in this book, the suggestion that people should not judge one another becomes evident. This is definitely a ‘must read’ book that explores the theme of racism in not only America, but also the world.
one of the classics of literature. This is a must read book. It should be a compulsory read in any educational system. You will be fascinated by this book, and I guarantee you you will wish to read this again and again. It is a wonderful book, and a pity that Harper Lee became a recluse after its publication.
Wow, i just loved this book, i hate reading but i made an effort with book and i am so glad i did, i loved it so much i got the movie out! but this is a fantastic book, its really sad but also really moving, i think everyone must have read this book atleast once in their life, if not you must!
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee gives us a perfect story for exposing society's ability to get things wrong. Dealing with racism in the couth of America, Lee creates a novel that does not put a foot wrong. One of the best selling books of all time, reading it is a pleasure. Interestingly Harper Lee was a lifelong friend of Trueman Capote.
'To Kill A Mockingbird' is a hauntingly written classic novel dealing with the explosive issue of racism in America's south. It is one of those books that makes every 'must read' list, and with good reason. Don't miss this superb novel. It truly is one of those rare books that opens the mind and the heart.