HarperCollins is celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the most-loved and admired American classics, To Kill A Mocking Bird. Centered on themes of racial and class inequalities and destruction of innocence, the novel has received various distinctions since its publication in 1960. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel was adapted into an extremely popular movie that won an Oscar award in 1962. Most widely read books in the schools across the country, the novel has been considered as the "Best Novel of the 20th Century by the Library Journal.
Presenting the most enduring face of racial heroism, Atticus Finch-the main protagonist, To Kill A Mocking Bird takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb in Alabama that is suffering through the Great Depression. Jean Louise "Scout" Finch is the narrator of the tale, who lives with her widowed father Atticus and older brother Jem in Alabama. The narrator Harper Lee explores the most eloquent appeals for unwavering sincerity and irrationality of grown-ups approaches toward race and class in the Southern society of the 1930s'. Though her story deals with the big and deep themes of racial injustice and rape, Harper Lee chooses to tell the story through the eyes of a child. The mesmerizing story line handled so delicately by the author result in a tender novel of class, race, color, honesty and the pain of adults.