Editions of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill A Mockingbird : 50th Anniversary Edition
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in Instantly successful, widely read in high schools and middle schools in the United States, it has become a classic of modern American literature , winning the Pulitzer Prize. The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator's father, Atticus Finch , has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity for lawyers. Historian, J. Crespino explains, "In the twentieth century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its main character, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism. As a Southern Gothic and Bildungsroman novel, the primary themes of To Kill a Mockingbird involve racial injustice and the destruction of innocence.
Now a staple of junior high and high school classrooms and the subject of numerous censorship efforts , it offers a vivid depiction of life in the Jim Crow South during the Great Depression. By the mids, Lee had followed her dreams of a writing career to New York City, where her childhood friend Truman Capote had already won fame in literary circles. Soon, Lee had produced a novel manuscript, titled Go Set a Watchman , which she was able to sell to the publisher J. Lee spent two years rewriting her book, calling the revised manuscript To Kill a Mockingbird. Gregory Peck won an Oscar for his portrayal of Atticus in the film version, which also nabbed statuettes for screenwriting and art direction.
But as the world mourns Harper Lee's death this week , one fact of the novel's publication remains little-known. It had a different title, "Go Set a Watchman," a version of which was published just last year by HarperCollins after an apparent discovery of a manuscript. Harper Lee. The rewriting process took two years. Here's how the Times describes it:. The notecard system Ms.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee , who sent the literary universe into a spin on Tuesday after she announced she would be releasing a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird this summer 55 years after her debut appears to have no such fears. News of its publication this summer stunned fans of the year-old author, who have waited for a second novel from Lee since , when she released her debut tale of racism in the American south. The novel was written by Lee before To Kill a Mockingbird, but is set some 20 years later. Lee, who is profoundly deaf and almost totally blind, lives in an assisted-living facility in Monroeville the small Alabama town where she spent summers growing up with her friend Truman Capote. Carter, whose close relationship with Lee has been the source of some local controversy, is said to have discovered the original manuscript just three months ago. Lee said in a statement attributed to her by her publisher that Go Set a Watchman was completed in the mids, but she believed the original manuscript had been lost.
It brought instant and overwhelming fame to its enigmatic author, Harper Lee , who soon retreated from the spotlight to her native Monroeville, Ala. She never published another book, leaving her millions of fans yearning for more. Now, at age 88, Ms. On Tuesday, Ms. The novel, which is scheduled for release this July, tackles the racial tensions brewing in the South in the s and delves into the complex relationship between father and daughter. But Ms.