This week marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Ms. Lee, who has not given an interview since 1964, has remained modest about penning an American classic which is required reading for many high school students. Ms. Lee, who is now 84, still lives in Monroeville, Alabama where she was at one time a next-door neighbor to another American literary icon, Truman Capote.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a simply written but powerful story about racial attitudes in the years before the Civil Rights era in the segregated South. If by some chance you have not read this moving story, please do yourself a favor and do so.
Bottom photo of Harper Lee by Terrence Antonio James, 2005, for The Chicago Tribune