On July 11, 1960, Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird, was released in print.
Lee kept her fingers crossed It was her first book and she hoped people would like it and it would do well. At one point during her writing, Lee actually threw her drafts out the window.
They read. They liked– Enough to win Lee a Pulitzer Prize. To Kill A Mockingbird has sold over 30,000,000 copies and has been printed in 40 languages. Most of us read it in High School. Some of us later taught it in High School. Mockingbird lives on.
Harper Lee lives in Monroeville, Alabama. She is 84 years old. Nobody has had the opportunity to interview her since 1964 and she does not do public speeches or appearances. She doesn’t need to. She wrote To Kill A Mockingbird.
There was one place she appeared, though. In 2007, President George W. Bush had the good sense to award Harper Lee the Presidential Medal of Honor. I wonder if Barack Obama even knows who Harper Lee is, to be honest with you.
Harper Lee wrote one book and only one book. Let’s face it, what’s left for a person to write after she’s written To Kill A Mockingbird?
It’s been 50 years. If you haven’t read To Kill A Mockingbird, or you only read the Cliff Notes, it’s time to pick up one of the greatest pieces of life-impacting American literature ever written.
And then there was the movie.
….and here is the original movie “trailer”.
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