11 July 2010

50 years of To Kill a Mockingbird

Today is the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird. The one and only novel by Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize, and has sold thirty million copies worldwide. It's also been translated into forty languages.

The book has been studied by students the world over, and the movie starring Gregory Peck won three Oscars and was nominated for five more.

In 2006, librarians in England named To Kill a Mockingbird as "the book every adult should read before they die," and in 2008, readers of The Times voted it the most loved book of the last sixty years.

The story takes place during three years of the Great Depression in the fictional "tired old town" of Maycomb, Alabama. The narrator, six-year-old Scout Finch, lives with her older brother Jem and their widowed father Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer .... Atticus is appointed by the court to defend a black man named Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping Mayella well, a young white woman. Although many of Maycomb's citizens disapprove, Atticus agrees to defend Tom to the best of his ability.

Click here to read about Harper Lee, and here to read what Wikipedia has to say about To Kill a Mockingbird.