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To Kill a Mockingbird Turns 50

Jul 14, 2010 10:51 AM | 0 comments

The 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird just passed, and it seems like an appropriate time to recognize what a pivotal and classic novel it is. I have a major soft spot for the great movie version, too, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch (and a super young Robert Duvall as Boo Radley).

One of the most memorable aspects of the story is the relationship between attorney Atticus Finch and his six year old daughter Scout. Through Scout, we witness both the evil and compassion humans are capable of, as she watches her father struggle to uphold morality and justice in the face of racism in the South. The book doesn’t give easy answers, but rather asks us to consider what it means to do the right thing when society’s norms are questionable, even downright malicious. 

Revisit or discover the novel by checking out one of our copies. And, for another angle on Harper Lee and her writing, check out these other books, as well as DVDs featuring Lee as a character.

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee


Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird





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