To Kill a Mockingbird has become one of the best-loved classics of all time since its publication in 1960. It has sold more than 30 million copies, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, was a New York Times bestseller for more than 40 weeks, was made into an enormously popular movie starring Gregory Peck, and has been translated into 20 languages. Now, 40 years after it was first published, HarperCollins is issuing a new hardcover edition at a reasonable price to celebrate the anniversary of an all-time favorite.
"Atticus Finch being spat upon without spitting back and Ben-Hur choosing not to kill Messala. Those are lessons. Mercy. Tolerance. Those burned in my imagination."
Gus Lee, Mother Jones, May/June 1995
"[T]he perennially beloved and treacly account of growing up in a small Southern town during the Depression....To read the novel is, for most, an exercise in wish-fulfillment and self-congratulation, a chance to consider thorny issues of race and prejudice from a safe distance and with the comfortable certainty that the reader would never harbor the racist attitudes espoused by the lowlifes in the novel."
Francine Prose, Harper's, September 1999