To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

Grand Central Publishing, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780446310789, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 1988


The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

About the Author
Nelle Harper Lee is known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, her only major work. In 1999, it was voted Best Novel of the Century in a poll by Library Journal. Her father was a lawyer who served in the Alabama state legislature from 1926 to 1938. Lee has granted few requests for interviews or public appearances. Her second novel, Go Set a Watchman, is scheduled to be released in July, 2015.

Praise For To Kill a Mockingbird

"Marvelous . . . Miss Lee's original characters are people to cherish in this winning first novel."—The New York Times

"Remarkable triumph . . . Miss Lee writes with a wry compassion that makes her novel soar."—Life magazine

"Miss Lee wonderfully builds the tranquil atmosphere of her Southern town, and as adroitly causes it to erupt a shocking lava of emotions."—San Francisco Examiner

"Skilled, unpretentious and tototally ingenuous . . . tough, melodramatic, acute, funny."—The New Yorker

"A novel of great sweetness, humor, compassion, and of mystery carefully sustained."—Harper's Magazine