August 29, 2010 |
It's one of those rare books that needs no introduction. Harper Lee didn't want it to have one, either. In writing the foreword to her Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird , Lee noted: " Mockingbird still says what it has to say; it has managed to survive the years without preamble. " She's right about that. As the literary world celebrates Mockingbird's golden anniversary, it still says what it has to say. The story of Atticus Finch - a white lawyer who attempts to defend an innocent black man - is told through the eyes of Scout, his 6-year-old daughter.
March 20, 1998 |
To Kill a Mockingbird has proven to be an enduringly popular story. The Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling 1960 novel by Harper Lee has become a staple in school curricula, and both the book and the 1962 film seem to stick in people's minds years after each was first read or seen. But the story took a while to get to the professional stage. Although Christopher Sergel adapted the play to the theater in the 1970s, it was performed mostly by amateur groups until he revised it in the late 1980s.
April 5, 2015 |
In February, the internationally acclaimed novelist Harper Lee surprised the world with news that in July, HarperCollins will publish her second novel, Go Set a Watchman . The publisher unveiled the cover two weeks ago. Written before her masterwork To Kill a Mockingbird, this one had been buried in a drawer for decades. Long ago, the author, certain that Mockingbird was her first and last work, decided that Watchman should not be published. Fifty years later, she changed her mind.
January 5, 1989 |
The reader's voice can make or break an audio book, so choosing the reader can be a formidable undertaking. Consider To Kill a Mockingbird, the 1961 Pulitzer Prize winner by Harper Lee. Set in Maycomb, Ala., it is the story of a few short years filled with a lot of growing up for a spunky little girl - Scout to her friends, Jean Louise to her prim aunt. Scout, her brother, Jem, and their friend Dill learn the meanings of persecution, prejudice and tolerance on several levels when Scout's father, lawyer Atticus Finch, defends a black man accused of raping a white woman.
July 16, 2003 |
Chester County Judge Juan R. Sanchez more or less threw the book at a defendant yesterday. Its title: To Kill a Mockingbird, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. William Fowlkes, 46, of West Chester, was accused of spitting at a police officer, among other things. In issuing his sentence, Sanchez said he hoped Fowlkes would appreciate the vile nature of his action by viewing it through the eyes of Atticus Finch, the white lawyer in a racist town who defends a black man falsely accused of rape.
June 30, 2004 |
A Chester County Court judge closed the book yesterday on a novel sentencing - as well as a chapter in his own jurisprudence. Chester County Court Judge Juan R. Sanchez accepted a written report from William Fowlkes, 47, of West Chester, on To Kill a Mockingbird, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Harper Lee. Sanchez had ordered Fowlkes to read the novel last summer. Among Fowlkes' multiple infractions: spitting at West Chester Police Officer David Frantz. Monday had been the judge's last official day on the Chester County bench, but that proved to be a minor technicality.
July 10, 2016
My Father & Atticus Finch By Joseph Madison Beck W.W. Norton. 218 pp. $25.95 Reviewed by Ginny Greene T o Kill a Mockingbird has inspired readers and critics for decades. But what inspired Harper Lee to write her novel? Joseph Madison Beck suggests he may have the answer. In this fast-moving memoir, Beck recounts how his father, a small-town lawyer, was thrown into the 1938 trial of a Northern black man accused of raping a local white woman in a southern Alabama town.
July 13, 2015 |
In the biggest storm of anticipation in years, hearts are racing and breaths held throughout the literary world. As Monday turns over into Tuesday, publisher HarperCollins will release Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. She is the author, now 89, of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird , perhaps the most successful U.S. novel ever (40 million-plus sold). She has written no other novels since. She wrote Watchman first, but it postdates the events in Mockingbird (1950s as opposed to Mockingbird 's late 1930s)
June 25, 1999 |
Call it a Pecktacular! Gregory Peck, actor, humanitarian and hunk, will be celebrated for his various attributes this weekend as he is honored as as the second winner of the Philadelphia's Marian Anderson Award. The breadth of his acting range, from action hero to romantic ideal, will be spotlighted in tonight's double bill of The Guns of Navarone and Roman Holiday, outdoors on three big screens around Rittenhouse Square. The breadth of his character, ranging from activism for the arts to advocacy of gun control, will be cited when Mayor Rendell bestows the Marian Anderson Award on him Saturday afternoon.
April 24, 1998 |
On the Walnut Street Theatre's main stage, the dramatization of the celebrated Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird runs through the weekend. Meanwhile, in the third-floor studio, the theater is staging the premiere of The Gift, a play that purports to tell how Lee's book came to assume the structure that won it the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. Not that anyone who sees The Gift - unless he or she has this information beforehand or has enough literary savvy - will necessarily know what the play is trying to do. Nowhere does playwright Will Stutts refer to Harper Lee by name, and nowhere is there a strong indication that the novel will become To Kill a Mockingbird.