It’s a Pulitzer Prize winning novel that has been translated into almost 50 languages and read by 40 million souls on the planet. To Kill a Mockingbird is celebrating its Golden Anniversary this year. Its publication and reception was a watershed moment in American history (the issue of race would never be the same), and the media is giving the work and its reclusive author their fair due. Here’s a round-up of some info from around the web…
Bill Whitaker with CBS Sunday Morning filed this report that aired on Sunday, July 11.
Here’s a New York Times article on anniversary parties celebrating the book.
Britain’s Daily Mail has this fascinating piece on Harper Lee. (We had no idea that Lee and Truman Capote had known each other since childhood.)
Gilbert King writes for the Huffington Post on Thurgood Marshall and Atticus Finch.
Another Huffington Post link: Anna Quindlen on the Greatness of Scout.
And here’s a interesting post by Jesse Kornbluth, editor of Head Butler. (To Kill a Mockingbird is a woman’s book? Atticus Finch is a feminized male? Gosh! Who knew?)
There are thousands of web articles out there, but we’ll wind up our round up with this Monroe Journal piece from Lee’s hometown of Monroeville.
The truly amazing thing about this anniversary is that we’re still discussing this book, 50 years after its publication. Aside from all of the popular and literary commentary on the work, the power of the book is the connection it creates with individual readers. So… now it’s your turn. What do you want to tell us about your experience with To Kill a Mockingbird?