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.
Set in a small fictional town in Alabama based on Harper Lee’s own hometown, To Kill a Mockingbird is a tender but frank tale of the racial tensions of the Depression-era South.
This masterpiece is an exploration of the innocence of childhood and how the awareness of the world chips away at that guilelessness. Themes such as prejudice, justice, social classes, and personal dignity are shown through the eyes of the child, and it is the forthright naïveté of the young protagonist that makes the story so poignant and powerful.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a timeless classic, accessible for every generation.