Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's first and only novel, was published in 1960 and almost overnight became a classic of American fiction. Despite the fact that it deals with the serious issues of racial inequity, mental illness, and rape, the novel is renowned not only for its warmth and humor and for its very accurate reproduction of Southern dialect, but also for its delightful narration by Jean Louise Finch, also known as Scout. Lee's depiction of the naïve and humorous observations of a six-year old tomboy's confusion over the complexities of life's relationships and the flaws she perceives in the adult world not only charms the reader but also successfully captures a wide range of childhood emotions. Most consider the n…

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Citation:
Meyer, Michael J.. "To Kill a Mockingbird". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 April 2009
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=15803, accessed 20 August 2014.]


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  1. Literature of the American South