Understanding Great Literature - Understanding To Kill a Mockingbird (Understanding Great Literature)

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Harper Lee's story of coming of age and tolerance for others is one of the most widely read novels of the last 50 years. Understanding Great Literature: To Kill a Mockingbird furthers the reader's understanding of this classic novel. It includes a biography of the reclusive author, character profiles, thorough plot summaries, critical analysis of major themes, and more.

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"A review of the novel's critical analysis includes many sources. A list of thought-provoking discussion question and essay subject is included. The book is illustrated with black-and-white reproductions of period paintings, portraits...and stills. A useful addition that will serve both teachers and students well."
-- School Library Journal (September 2001) (School Library Journal 20010901)

"With its simple format and clear writing, Thrasher's book will appeal to younger students or those who are intimidated by literary assignments."
-- School Library Journal (July 2002) (School Library Journal 20020701)

"Clearly written, easy-to-understand book...A copious notes section, a section for further exploration, questions and ideas for themes and essays, and an appendix of literary criticism make this an invaluable teaching and/or library resource. Many black-and-white sketches, drawings, and photos create further interest in this...literary history."
-- School Library Journal (April 2001) (School Library Journal 20010401)

"Major characters are covered in detail, and minor characters in brief. Well-organized, prolific notes document chapters for ease in further research. The writing is informative and clear with no glaring biases. A useful tool for unlocking a literary masterpiece."
-- School Library Journal (April 2001) (School Library Journal 20010401)

"Each book includes biographical information; historical context; details about plot, characters, and themes; a chronology; source notes; and a bibliography. The literary criticism is lucid without being simplistic. For junior-high and high-school students as well as the adults interested in what teens read."
-- Booklist (March 2001) (Booklist 20010301)

"...accessible overviews...Clear and approachable resources for less-experienced students of literature."
--School Library Journal (October 2004) (School Library Journal 20041001)

"This volume, Understanding To Kill a Mockingbird is as clearly written and as complete as others. The five chapters titled Enduring Appeal, The Life of Harper Lee, Historical Background of the Novel, The Plot, The Cast of Characters, and Literary Criticism offer in-depth information about both the book and the movie starring Gregory Peck...students will find the information accessible and appealing; the chapter about Harper Lee is especially interesting...appropriate for public, middle and high school libraries."
--Catholic Library World (October 2004) (Catholic Library World 20041001)

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Grade 7-10--This companion to Harper Lee's timeless novel includes an introduction about the enduring appeal of the book; a biography of Lee; historical background; and discussions about the plot, characters, and literary criticism. Study questions and pertinent quotes from reviews and articles are appended. Black-and-white photographs of scenes from the 1962 movie appear throughout. Less in-depth than Claudia Johnson's UnderstandingTo Kill a Mockingbird: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historic Documents (Greenwood, 1994), Bernard's offering will appeal to younger or less experienced students of literature.--Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA
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