“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a multi award winning fictional novel first published on July 11, 1960. The book was widely acclaimed, but also caused much controversy at the time because it deals with the issues of racism, rape, justice, morality, human nature, social inequality and education. However, these themes also meant that the book became one of the most popular school study books. The story is told through the eyes of the young child Scout Finch and much of it centers on her father’s defence of a black man falsely accused of rape. “To Kill a Mockingbird” was an extremely successful book and it spent more than 80 weeks on the bestseller list. In 1961 it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and has since become a modern classic of modern literature. Let’s find out who wrote this important book.
Who wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird”?
“To Kill a Mockingbird” was written by American author Harper Lee and was loosely based on observations throughout her life and from an actual event in her hometown when she was young. She attended both Huntingdon College and the University of Alabama where she wrote short stories. She moved to New York in 1950 and began writing about people from her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. In 1957 she presented some of her work to a publishing agent. An editor was so impressed that he encouraged her to quit her job and write her book. She spent about two and a half years writing the book before it was published in 1960. The team of editors at her publisher warned Lee that her book would probably not be well accepted and that it would struggle to sell. Fortunately for Lee they couldn’t have been more wrong!
Did you know?
Lee became so frustrated while writing the book that she threw it out of the window into the snow. Her editor had to convince her to retrieve it!
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is the only work ever published by Harper Lee and she virtually withdrew from public life after publication.
In 2007 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest award given to a civilian in the United States.