It is told through the point of view of a six years old Jean Louise Finch Scout. Scout lives with her widowed middle aged father Atticus who works as a lawyer and older brother Jem.
She attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery —45and then studied law at the University of Alabama — While attending college, she wrote for campus literary magazines: At both colleges, she wrote short stories and other works about racial injustice, a rarely mentioned topic on such campuses at the time.
Hoping to be published, Lee presented her writing in to a literary agent recommended by Capote. An editor at J. Lippincottwho bought the manuscript, advised her to quit the airline and concentrate on writing.
Donations from friends allowed her to write uninterrupted for a year.
Hohoff was impressed, "[T]he spark of the true writer flashed in every line," she would later recount in a corporate history of Lippincott,  but as Hohoff saw it, the manuscript was by no means fit for publication.
It was, as she described it, "more a series of anecdotes than a fully conceived novel. The book was published on July 11, I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of the reviewers but, at the same time, I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement.
List of To Kill a Mockingbird characters The story takes place during three years —35 of the Great Depression in the fictional "tired old town" of Maycomb, Alabama, the seat of Maycomb County.
It focuses on six-year-old Jean Louise Finch nicknamed Scoutwho lives with her older brother, Jeremy nicknamed Jemand their widowed father, Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer. Jem and Scout befriend a boy named Dill, who visits Maycomb to stay with his aunt each summer.
The three children are terrified yet fascinated by their neighbor, the reclusive Arthur "Boo" Radley. The adults of Maycomb are hesitant to talk about Boo, and few of them have seen him for many years.
After two summers of friendship with Dill, Scout and Jem find that someone leaves them small gifts in a tree outside the Radley place. Several times the mysterious Boo makes gestures of affection to the children, but, to their disappointment, he never appears in person.
Judge Taylor appoints Atticus to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a young white woman, Mayella Ewell. Atticus faces a group of men intent on lynching Tom. No seat is available on the main floor, so by invitation of the Rev.
Sykes, Jem, Scout, and Dill watch from the colored balcony. Atticus establishes that the accusers—Mayella and her father, Bob Ewell, the town drunk —are lying. It also becomes clear that the friendless Mayella made sexual advances toward Tom, and that her father caught her and beat her. Finally, he attacks the defenseless Jem and Scout while they walk home on a dark night after the school Halloween pageant.
The mysterious man carries Jem home, where Scout realizes that he is Boo Radley. Sheriff Tate arrives and discovers that Bob Ewell has died during the fight. The sheriff argues with Atticus about the prudence and ethics of charging Jem whom Atticus believes to be responsible or Boo whom Tate believes to be responsible.
Boo asks Scout to walk him home, and after she says goodbye to him at his front door he disappears again. Soon Atticus takes her to bed and tucks her in, before leaving to go back to Jem.
Autobiographical elements Lee has said that To Kill a Mockingbird is not an autobiographybut rather an example of how an author "should write about what he knows and write truthfully". After they were convicted, hanged and mutilated,  he never tried another criminal case.
Although more of a proponent of racial segregation than Atticus, he gradually became more liberal in his later years.
Lee modeled the character of Dill on her childhood friend, Truman Capoteknown then as Truman Persons. Both Lee and Capote loved to read, and were atypical children in some ways: Lee was a scrappy tomboy who was quick to fight, and Capote was ridiculed for his advanced vocabulary and lisp.
They became good friends when both felt alienated from their peers; Capote called the two of them "apart people".
He was hidden until virtually forgotten; he died in After a series of letters appeared claiming Lett had been falsely accused, his sentence was commuted to life in prison.
He died there of tuberculosis in However, inLee stated that she had in mind something less sensational, although the Scottsboro case served "the same purpose" to display Southern prejudices.
Part of the beauty is that she Her art is visual, and with cinematographic fluidity and subtlety we see a scene melting into another scene without jolts of transition.To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in Time magazine's review of the book states that it "teaches the reader an astonishing number of useful truths about little girls and about Southern life" and calls Scout Finch "the most appealing child asserts that To Kill a Mockingbird condemns racism instead of Genre: Southern Gothic, Bildungsroman.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – review His wisdom gave a sense of continuity throughout the novel, and seeing how his words impacted his children, and how subtly in awe they were of. To Kill a Mockingbird is primarily a novel about growing up under extraordinary circumstances in the s in the Southern United States.
The story covers a span of three years, during which the main characters undergo significant changes. Scout Finch lives with her brother Jem and their father. Racism in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, affects the events in the novel by costing Tom Robinson his freedom and eventually, his life.
It all starts on a normal work day of Tom Robinson’s life. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee presents the issue of discrimination, a common occurrence in the s. During this time period there were two events that carved society; the Great Depression and the introduction of Jim Crow Law.
To ban Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird () could not possibly be a more misjudged estimation of its worthiness as a novel about the odious nature of racism.
To kill this good book by removing it from library shelves—as seems to be happening this week in my native Virginia—is to kill reason itself.