To Kill a Mockingbird

  • "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).

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    By Harper Lee

    Paperback: 336 pages

  • "A first novel of such rare excellence that it will no doubt make a great many readers slow down to relish more fully its simple distinction...A novel of strong contemporary national significance." -- Chicago Tribune


    "All of the tactile brilliance and none of the precocity generally supposed to be standard swamp-warfare issues for Southern writers...Novelist Lee's prose has an edge that cuts through cant, and she teaches the reader an astonishing number of use truths about little girls and about Southern life...Scout Finch is fiction's most pealing child since Carson McCullers's Frankie got left behind at the wedding." -- Time


    "That rare literary phenomenon, a Southern novel with no mildew on its magnolia leaves. Funny, happy and written with unspectacular precision, To Kill a Mockingbird is about conscience--how it is instilled in two children, Scout and Jem Finch; how it operates in their father, Atticus a lawyer appointed to defend a Negro on a rape charge, and how conscience crows in their small Alabama town." --Vogue


    "Remarkable triumph . . . Miss Lee writes with a wry compassion that makes her novel soar." (Life magazine )

    "Miss Lee wonderfully builds the tranquil atmosphere of her Southern town, and as adroitly causes it to erupt a shocking lava of emotions." (San Francisco Examiner )

    "Skilled, unpretentious and tototally ingenuous . . . tough, melodramatic, acute, funny." (The New Yorker )

    "A novel of great sweetness, humor, compassion, and of mystery carefully sustained." (Harper's Magazine )

    "Marvelous . . . Miss Lee's original characters are people to cherish in this winning first novel." (The New York Times ) --Review

    "Remarkable triumph . . . Miss Lee writes with a wry compassion that makes her novel soar." (Life magazine )

    "Miss Lee wonderfully builds the tranquil atmosphere of her Southern town, and as adroitly causes it to erupt a shocking lava of emotions." (San Francisco Examiner )

    "Marvelous . . . Miss Lee's original characters are people to cherish in this winning first novel." (The New York Times )

    "A novel of great sweetness, humor, compassion, and of mystery carefully sustained." (Harper's Magazine )

    "Skilled, unpretentious and tototally ingenuous . . . tough, melodramatic, acute, funny." (The New Yorker )



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