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(Victoria, BC – 25 April 2006) As Harper Lee celebrates her 80th birthday later this week, her one and only novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, remains ingrained in the American psyche, according to a visitor poll by AbeBooks.com that reveals many booklovers have read the classic more than five times.
The survey on AbeBooks.com - the world’s largest online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books – revealed a deep attachment to the novel:
Harper Lee will be 80 on 28 April and her Pulitzer Prize-winning story of racism and growing up in America’s South, originally published in 1960, was the 16th best-selling title at AbeBooks in 2005. It remains a fixture on many other bestseller lists.
AbeBooks.com also asked its visitors why they thought the woman behind one of the most acclaimed and successful books of modern times had only written one novel. The wide variety of responses included:
“To Kill A Mockingbird remains one of the bestselling books on our site for good reason,” said Lisa Stevens, VP of Marketing at AbeBooks.com. “Many people simply think modern literature does not come any better than this and will re-read this book again and again. The book’s illustration of racism is still relevant today.”
AbeBooks.com polled 512 visitors.