Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy Anniversary

To Kill a Mockingbird
We celebrate Harper Lee's only novel's 50th anniversary today, July 11th. The book was a best-seller and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. The novel also touched a nerve in American society and went on to be among the most revered and frequently challenged books (as in censorship) of the 20th century. Despite challenges, the book has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into more than 40 languages.

Any time is a good time to read or re-read To Kill a Mockingbird or to watch the Oscar-winning film adaptation starring Gregory Peck.

Further Reading
I Am Scout : a Biography of Harper Lee by Charles Shields
Mockingbird : a Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles Shields
An Introduction to To Kill a Mockingbird by Dan Stone

Surf's Up
National Endowment for the Arts
Mockingbird on Facebook
Monroe County Heritage Museum

And about the bird...