Editions of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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Atticus Finch gives this advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this classic novel - a black man charged with attacking a white girl. Through the eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Lee explores the issues of race and class in the Deep South of the s with compassion and humour.
To Kill A Mockingbird
For so many people across the country, both young and old, one name comes to mind when they think about the reading of their childhood -- Harper Lee. To this day, on the eve of the 50th birthday "To Kill a Mockingbird," Lee's only novel lives on to fulfill its one purpose: to challenge society and one's way of thinking a page at a time. It was the Depression-era story of a spunky young girl nicknamed Scout, who along with her tough-skinned lawyer of a father, Atticus, was forced to endure biting race relations in the South. The novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and became an Academy Award -winning film starring Gregory Peck, has never been out of print. In fact, one million copies are sold each year in 40 languages.
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A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but Jem, who was four years my senior, said it started long before that. He said it began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child.
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