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THE BOOK

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize novel was the culmination of several years of writing essays and short stories about racial prejudice and life in the deep South. It collects memories of her family and neighbors in Monroeville, Alabama, where she grew up and is also based on an incident that happened in a nearby town in 1936, when she was ten years old. Writing the book was a two-and-a-half-year, sometimes agonizing, process. A literary agent recommended to her by celebrated author Truman Capote, whom she had known since childhood, at one point made Lee go outside and retrieve the incomplete manuscript after she had tossed it out the window in frustration. She expected the book to have a short life: she was wrong. It was an immediate success and has never been out of print since it was published in 1960. There have been campaigns by some small citizen groups, especially in the South, to have the book removed from schools and libraries. Some black readers are lukewarm about the book because it lacks any fully-developed black characters. Lee has never published another novel

 

TITLE:   TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
 
"She committed an unforgivable sin - she tempted a Negro."

 

     A powerful drama, with moments of humor, about racial prejudice and growing up in a small Alabama town in the 1930s. Gregory Peck as lawyer Atticus Finch provides a compelling portrait of soft-spoken heroism. Brock Peters brings a quiet dignity and strength to the role of the black man Atticus defends in a hostile courtroom. Frank Overton plays a sheriff who is surprisingly supportive of Atticus. It's too bad that so much of what this film portrays is as applicable today as it was a century ago.
 
    


1962, Directed by Robert Mulligan Won 2 Oscars


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