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In 1997, Movieline magazine hosted a 35th anniversary screening of To Kill a Mockingbird, with an amazing array of talent there to discuss the film: actors Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall, Brock Peters, Phillip Alford and Mary Badham (the latter two of whom played the children, Jem and Scout), screenwriter Horton Foote, producer Alan J. Pakula and director Robert Mulligan. One person missing from that reunion was the reclusive author of the novel, Harper Lee, who died Friday at the age of 89. Lee came back into the news last year with the publication of an earlier version of Mockingbird, Go
- Stephen Farber
The world has lost one of its most important literary and cultural figures with the death of author Nelle Harper Lee. There’s very little to say about the importance of “To Kill a Mockingbird” that hasn’t already been said, both today specifically and in the nearly fifty six years since the novel’s publication. Having attended both high school and college in Georgia, I saw firsthand how much the novel rattled the consciousness of the deep South to its core. It’s still banned and its literary merits are still contested in many places in the South, demonstrating how much weight and resonance the novel still carries—we often turn away from truths that are too ugly to face.
Though her impact in the realm of literature is clear, she also helped »
- Kieran Scarlett
Harper Lee, author of the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” one of the greatest literary successes of the last century and the basis for a classic 1962 film of the same name, has died, the city clerk’s office in her hometown of Monroeville confirmed. She was 89.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” (1960), the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in an Alabama town in the 1930s who defends a black man accused of killing a white man, and his daughter Scout Finch, won the Pulitzer Prize and has sold 30 million copies and been translated into 40 languages. It has never been out of print since its initial publication.
Claudia Durst Johnson’s critical study “To Kill a Mockingbird: Threatening Boundaries” quotes a study that found that “To Kill a Mockingbird” “has been consistently one of the ten most frequently required books in secondary schools since its publication in 1960” — this despite the numerous efforts, »
- Carmel Dagan
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