"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."
A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice—but the weight of history will only tolerate so much.
One of the best-loved classics of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many dis-tinctions since its original publication in 1960. It has won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. It was also named the best novel of the twentieth century by librarians across the country (Library Journal). HarperCollins is proud to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the book's publication with this special hardcover edition.
Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She attended Huntingdon College and studied law at the University of Alabama. She is the author of two novels, To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. Harper Lee has been awarded numerous literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The writing is wonderfully beautiful and charming.
This book doesnt start getting good until the end but it is like when you read it you keep wanting to so you can find out what happens next.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that was written in 1960 by Harper Lee about Jem and Scout Finch growing up in Maycomb County, Alabama.
It was an amazing book. anyone who is trying to read it must defiantly should. It is an amazing book.Published 3 hours ago by Doug
I never had to read this in school. I wasn't sure what it was about other than racial bias and hatred. Very easy to read and great story line. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Pamela Welch
The book is a five-star classic on its own for all the reasons already articulated here.
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This novel is a classic and a "must read". I first read it in junior high and recently read it a second time. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Roordaboy
My friends had to read this book when we were in high school over 50 years ago. I wished it was in my curriculum then. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Diane
I had to read it for my class. My teacher went on and on about what a good book it was supposed to be. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by ANONYMOUS
I have made it a point to read "classic" literature. Somehow, I had not read this. I loved it! It is so well written and entertaining and meaningful. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Sheri Warren