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 behaviour
- to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred,
humour and pathos. Now with over 15 million copies in print and
translated into forty languages, this regional story by an Alabamba
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.
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