Harper Lee, a beloved author from Monroeville, Alabama, wrote the novel To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960. After the book was published, it became an instant classic and has continued to be read by people all over the world.
The novel is about a young girl named Scout, who grows up in a small town in Alabama during the 1930s. She spends much of her time with her brother Jem and their father Atticus Finch, who is a lawyer.
The novel deals with several themes including racism, social class, and gender roles. It has been praised for its exploration of these themes and has been banned from some schools because of its depiction of racism. Although the book has been banned in some schools because it contains racial slurs that are considered offensive today, it is still widely read around the world.
To Kill a Mockingbird has been made into a film that won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1962. Harper Lee herself was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for To Kill a Mockingbird in 1961 along with many other awards and honors including being named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2017!