Fifty years ago today “To Kill A Mockingbird” was first published


I have to confess to the fact that my first encounter with “To Kill A Mockingbird” was the movie, not the book, I wouldn’t read the book till I was in the 9th grade and it was one of the books on my reading list for English class.   However I well remember the first time I saw the movie.  I was 11, my parents had recently split up and I was fascinated by Atticus, there was a lot about him that reminded me of my father and I missed my dad terribly after he had moved to Detroit.  I was also at that age where I was becoming rapidly aware of how the world works and could see how the events so brilliantly laid out by Harper Lee were really not thing happening in some far off time, but still very present, after all I was raised in the 60s and the topic of race was a big part of the national conversation, funny (well not really) how it once again is such a big part of our national conversation.

Harper Lee’s Wiki



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25 responses to “Fifty years ago today “To Kill A Mockingbird” was first published

  1. Here is an interesting article by Malcolm Gladwell regarding Atticus – and how his actions should be interpreted in the context of the southern racism of his time.

    I am not sure I agree with the article – but it is certainly thought provoking….

    • dnd

      Gladwell is not the critical thinker he wants people to think he is. He’s an intellectual poseur.

      • dnd

        A sad part of To Kill a Mockingbird was that Harper Lee felt that any new effort would never match up. So she gave up. Kinda similar to J. D. Salinger after The Catcher in the Rye.

  2. Thanks for the link hippie, yeah I don’t agree with it’s premises either, seems to me it really reaching for reasons not to like the book or it’s characters.

    This from the Times last week:

    To Killjoy ‘Mockingbird’

  3. Brian… wow – that is even more negative than the Gladwell article.

    The guy to in your link seems to be forgetting than when the book was published virtually nobody was talking that way. Lee opened some ears and eyes. Now, it may seem passe – but at the time? Hardly.

  4. Yes, and the fact that 50 years later the book can still stir such emotional responses just reinforces it’s place as a classic American novel. Look I’m not a fan of Hemingway but it would never occur to me that he hasn’t earned his place in history.

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  6. You know maybe she just had one great story to tell and I don’t mean that to sound critical.

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  8. ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Anniversary: On Its 50th Birthday, Why Is ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Being Attacked? (VIDEO)

    But then I never thought I’d see the day when “To Kill A Mockingbird” — a novel that has inspired readers for half a century — would be derided as a book about “the limitations of liberalism” (by Malcolm Gladwell, no less, in The New Yorker, of all places) and “a sugar-coated myth of Alabama’s past” with a hero who’s “a repository of cracker-barrel epigrams” (by Allen Barra, in the Wall Street Journal)

  9. It really shouldn’t come as a surprise, when we live in a time when one state is attempting to write Jefferson out history and relabel the slave trade as the “Atlantic triangular trade” that Atticus Finch would come under attack.

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