Friday, August 20, 2010

Feature Fridays

Today's classic (in honor of its 50th anniversay and since we just selected it for next month's book) is To Kill A Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee.

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.

(Although there have been rumors that Truman Capote actually wrote it, they are unfounded.)

Did you know? Several people and events from Harper Lee's childhood parallel those of the fictional Scout.

We'll be reading (or re-reading) it next month, but have you seen the movie starring Gregory Peck?

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