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To Kill a Mockingbird is the first novel written Harper Lee of Monroeville, Alabama. Its primary themes are racial and class prejudice. The story is told by young Scout Finch, who lives with her father Atticus, a lawyer, and her older brother Jem in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama.

The people in Maycomb are dealing with some serious social issues. A young black man has been accused of raping a white girl. Still taboo today, it was an act considered especially egregious in the Deep South of the 1930s. As the children of Atticus Finch, who is appointed to defend the accused, Scout and Jem observe and experience much of the fallout of the man’s trial. They learn that sometimes people aren’t always what they seem. They also learn that sometimes people are exactly who they seem to be. Perhaps most importantly, they learn that heroes can come in the most unexpected forms.

More than 50 years after its original publication, To Kill a Mockingbird continues to be embraced as a piece of classic literature, and it is still regularly read in schools throughout the United States.

“Mockingbird still says what it has to say; it has managed to survive the years without preamble.”  - Harper Lee, from the Foreword of the 35th Anniversary Edition of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the great American classics. Taught in schools throughout the nation, it offers up a tale told by young Scout Finch, who—even as a young child—must deal with an array of social and racial issues still relevant today. Scout depends on the love and guidance of her father, Atticus Finch, and the protection of her older brother Jem, navigating both conventional and unconventional friendships, as she learns lessons about life, truth, and self-preservation.

Scout Finch and her brother Jem come of age through the experience of dealing with the turmoil that surrounds their family when their attorney father, Atticus is appointed to represent a young black man accused of raping a poor white woman in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Along the way, they experience friendships that defy color and social stigma; they learn the importance of the truth, and face the reality that many people will trade character and integrity for comfort.

To Kill a Mockingbird author, Harper Lee, is said to have based the book on her own young life in Monroeville, AL, and to have modeled Atticus Finch after her father, Amasa Lee. She won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel in 1961, and for many years, it remained her only published work. In July of 2015, Lee published a book that she wrote before Mockingbird titled, Go Set a Watchman. Go Set a Watchman is not the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, but is the parent book on which Mockingbird was based.

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ISBN 0446310786
EAN 9780446310789
Target Group  
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
Publish Date Oct 11, 1988
Copyright Date Jan 1, 1988
Binding Paperback
Grand Central Publishing
Jan 1, 1970
Jan 1, 1970