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"To Kill A Mockingbird"
1960 Novel & 1962 Movie Page

still photograph of Gregory Peck as lawyer Atticus Finch from the 1962 movie 'To Kill A Mockingbird'          synopsis & history

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         cover of the 1960 bestseller novel 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

“Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs,
they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . .
Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

“I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.”

“The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”

( all from "To Kill A Mockingbird" )

signature of author Harper Lee


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History  of  The  Book/s
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The  Book/s

"To Kill a Mockingbird"
by (Nelle) Harper Lee [1926-2016]
published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. on 11 July 1960

"[The book] is and it isn't autobiographical. The trial, and the rape case charge that brings on the trial, are made out of a composite
of such cases and charges. What I did present as exactly as I could was the clime and tone, as I remembered them, of the town
in which I lived. From childhood on, I did sit in the courtroom watching my father argue cases and talk to juries." (1962)

  listed by Amazon Editors on '100 Young Adult Books to Read in  a Lifetime' (9/2015)  BLUE CHECK: listed #99 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100 Novels (8/2014)  RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed #1 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  novel entry at Wikipedia
winner of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Listed #5 on Modern Library's 1998 Reader Poll for the best novels published in the English language since 1900.
listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)

To Kill A Mockingbird novel by Harper Lee  As described by his adoring tomboy daughter, an idealistic lawyer in 1932 Alabama agrees to defend
a black man accused of raping a white woman, revealing the depths of local bigotry & racism.
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins Publrs [7/2014] for $4.73
Grand Central Publng mass pb [10/88] for $4.98
Harper Perennial 7¾x5¼ pb [7/2005] for $8.46
Harper Perennial 8x5½ pb [5/2006] for $13.43
Heinemann 8x5¾ hardcover [11/99] out of prodn/100+ used
HarperCollins slipcover edition [10/2006] out of print/many used
HarperCollins 8½x5½ hardcover [9/95] out of print/70+ used
Caedmon UNABR audio CD read by Sissy Spacek [8/2006] out of prodn/40+ used

Ne Tirez Pas Sur L'Oiseau Moqueur French edition of To Kill A Mockingbird   "Wer die Nachtigall Stört (Who Minds The Mockingbird?)" [1978]
Translation by Claire Malignon

Rowohlt Verlag German-language mass pb [1978] out of print/used
Rowohlt Verlag German-language mass pb [1978] out of print/used
"Ne Tirez Pas Sur L'Oiseau Moqueur (Do Not Shoot The Mockingbird)" [2005]
Translation by Isabelle Stoianov

Le Livre de Poche French-language mass pb [8/2006] for $17.28
Fallois Editions French-language 8½x6 pb [2005] out of print/used
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To Kill a Mockingbird: Threatening Boundaries book by Claudia Johnson  "To Kill A Mockingbird: Threatening Boundaries - A Reader's Companion [1994]
by Claudia Johnson

Twayne Publrs 8½x5¼ pb [4/94] out of print/used
Twayne Publrs 8¾x5½ hardcover [4/94] for $44.00
'To Kill a Mockingbird' Critical Insights book edited by Don Noble  "Critical Insights: To Kill a Mockingbird" [2009] Edited by Don Noble
With chronology & bibliography; contributors include Nancy Grisham Anderson, Diann L. Baecker, Matthew J. Bolton, Laurie Champion, Tim Dare, Neil Heims, Carolyn Jones, Edythe M. McGovern, Christopher Metress, editor Noble, Gurdip Panesar, Teresa Godwin Phelps, Gary Richards, Thomas L. Shaffer, Dean Shackleford, and Sasha Weiss (The Paris Review)
Kindle Edition from Salem Press [6/2012] for $85.00 {sic}
Salem Press hardcover [9/2009] out of print/used
Scout, Atticus & Boo / Celebration book by by Mary McDonagh Murphy  "Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird"
[2010] by by Mary McDonagh Murphy, Foreword by Wally Lamb

includes 'reflections' from Mary Badham, casting director Boaty Boatwright, Rick Bragg, Tom Brokaw, Rev. Thomas Lane Butts, Rosanne Cash, Mark Childress, Jane Ellen Clark, Alan Gurganus, David Kipen, Alice Finch Lee, James McBride, Diane McWhorter, Jon Meachem, Allison Moorer, James Patterson, Anna Quindlen, Richard Russo, Lizzie Skurnick, Lee Smith, Adriana Trigiani, Mary Tucker, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey, and Andrew Young
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins e-books [6/2010] for $9.78
Harper Perennial 8x5¼ pb [7/2011] for $13.24
Harper 8½x5¾ hardcover [6/2010] for $19.15
To Kill a Mockingbird New Essays book edited by Michael J. Meyer  
"Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird: New Essays" [2010]
Edited by Michael J. Meyer, Foreword by Maggie Seligman

Kindle Edition from Scarecrow Press [10/2010] for $27.99 {sic}
Scarecrow Press 8½x5½ hardcover [10/2010] for $47.45

"Racism In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird" [The Gale Group 2008] Edited by Candice Mancini ISBN 0-7377-3904-5

"Reimagining To Kill A Mockingbird: Family, Community, and The Possibility of Equal Justice Under Law" [5/2013]
by Austin Sarat & Martha Merrill Umphrey(May 24, 2013)

"Go  Set  A  Watchman"
Published just months before Harper Lee's death at age 89, "Go Set A Watchman" is her first attempt to tell the story of the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. With the help of childhood/lifelong friend Truman Capote, the book sold to publisher J.B. Lippincott Company in 1957 (Lippincott became Harper & Row which became HarperCollins). Editor Tay Hohoff asked for a rewrite, with more emphasis on the backstory told by Scout, daughter of lawyer Atticus Finch. The very-much-revised "To Kill A Mockingbird" was published in July 1960, and both the book and the 1962 movie were enormously successful. Publishers and the public hoped for more literary output from Harper Lee, but she apparently enjoyed a quiet, reclusive life, giving no interviews, and wrote virtually nothing thereafter. "Go Set A Watchman" was initially promoted as a sequel at publication in July 2015, but is currently held to be the first draft of "To Kill A Mockingbird". "Watchman" is a worthy novel but more important as the original version of a literary masterpiece. Concerns about exploitation of then-ailing Harper Lee were set aside by her statement that she approved the new event; Harper Lee died in February 2016.

Go Set A Watchman novel by Harper Lee  "Go Set A Watchman: A Novel" by Harper Lee [July 2015]
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins Publrs [7/2015] for $10.99
HarperPerennial 8x5¼ pb [5/2016] for $9.40
HarperPerennial 8¼x5½ deluxe deckle-edge pb [5/2016] for $16.14
Harper 9x6 deckle-edge hardcover [7/2015] for $17.62
Harper 9x6 leatherbound hardcover [10/2015] for $33.37
novel entry at Wikipedia

The Harper Lee Collection two-book slipcover set  "The Harper Lee Collection: To Kill A Mockingbird
and Go Set A Watchman" [2015]

Kindle Edition from HarperCollins Publrs [8/2015] 2 books for $19.99
Harper 9x6 slipcase hardcover set [10/2015] 2 books for $33.00

The  Author

(Nelle) Harper Lee [1926-2016]
browse booksmovie creditsWikipedia

winner of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on 6 November 2007 by President George W. Bush
awarded the 2010 National Medal of the Arts for her services to literature

Harper Lee fansite

Mockingbird bio of Harper Lee  "Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee" [2006, rev 2016]
New York Times bestseller by Charles J. Shields

The original biography was a bestseller in 2006; the revised version of 2016 (with the added
subtitle 'From Scout To Go Set A Watchman') covers the publication of "Watchman" in 2015.

Kindle Edition from Holt/Macmillan [rev 4/2016] for $9.99
St. Martin's Griffin pb [rev DUE 5/2017] price unknown
Henry Holt & Co. 9½x6½ hardcover [rev 4/2016] for $19.88
Kindle Edition from Holt/Macmillan [2007 edition] for $9.99
Holt 8¼x5½ pb [4/2007] for $12.59
Henry Holt & Co. 9¼x6½ hardcover [5/2006] out of print/100+ used

"The Mockingbird Next Door: Life With Harper Lee" [] by Marja Mills


"On Harper Lee: Essays and Reflections" [Univ Tennessee Press, 1994] maybe by Alice Petry ISBN 1-57233-578-5


Movies,  Stageplays,  Other Media

Gregory Peck won Oscar for Best Actor  Horton Foote won Oscar for Best Script Adaptation  won Oscar for Best Set Decoration    To Kill A Mockingbird open- book movie poster  
To Kill A Mockingbird brown movie poster  
"To Kill A Mockingbird" feature film [Universal Dec 1962]
Directed by Robert Mulligan; script by Horton Foote, based on the novel by Harper Lee; starring Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, Brock Peters, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy, Ruth White, Estelle Evans, Paul Fix, James Anderson, William Windom, Alice Ghostley & Kim Stanley; won Oscars for Best Actor (Peck), Best Script Adaptation & Best Set Decoration, nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (MB), Best B&W Cinematography & Best Music Score; listed on the National Film Registry (1995), won WGA Award for Best Drama Script
Universal Legacy Series widescreen b&w DVD [9/2005] 2 disks for $23.24
Universal b&w DVD [4/98] out of prodn/80+ used
Universal widescreen b&w VHS [2/98] for $2.27 {sic}
Universal b&w VHS [3/92] for $1.59 {sic}
Varese Sarabande Elmer Bernstein soundtrack CD [7/97] for $11.88
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediawatch official trailer [2:53] at YouTube
11"x17" open-book poster from Amazon for $9.98
27"x40" brown poster from Amazon for $16.48

Hey, Boo / To Kill a Mockingbird documentary film  "Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird" documentary
[First Run Features May 2011]

78-minute documentary film at the 50th anniversary of "To Kill a Mockingbird"; interviewees include Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Wally Lamb, James McBride, Anna Quindlen, Richard Russo, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey & Andrew Young, and with rare cooperation from Harper Lee's sister & friends
Produced, written & directed by Mary Murphy
First Run Features widescreen color DVD [7/2011] for $16.18
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

The 50th anniversary of the 1962 film was celebrated in April 2012 with a screening at the White House (sponsored
by A.F.I.) and with President Obama introducing the film for a public broadcast on U.S.A. Network.

The Screenplay of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Horton Foote  "The Screenplay of To Kill A Mockingbird [1964] by Horton Foote
"The Academy Award Screenplay of The Pulitzer Prize Novel by Harper Lee"
with essay "A Word From Harper Lee"
Harcourt/Harvest 8½x5¾ pb [1964] out of print/scarce
Three Screenplays by Horton Foote  "Three Screenplays: To Kill A Mockingbird, Tender Mercies, and The Trip To Bountiful" [1989] by Horton Foote
Foote won both an Oscar and the W.G.A Award for "TKAM" and for "Tender Mercies", and an Independent Spirit Award for "Bountiful"
Grove Press 8¼x5¼ pb [1/94] for $13.79
Grove Press 8¼x5¾ hardcover [3/89] out of print/used
'To Kill A Mockingbird' screenplay by Horton Foote  "To Kill A Mockingbird: The Screenplay by Horton Foote Based On The Novel by Harper Lee - and Related Readings" [1997]
with novel excerpt by Richard Wormser, essay by George Garrett, poems by Bob Greene & Langston Hughes, short stories by Truman Capote & José Emilio Pacheco, and the lyrics of "Strange Fruit"
McDougal Littell 8½x5½ hardcover [1997] out of print/70+ used
Screen Adaptations / 'To Kill A Mockingbird' book by R. Barton Palmer  "Screen Adaptations: Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird - The Relationship Between Text and Film" [2008]
by R. Barton Palmer

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama pb [10/2008] for $20.09
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the stageplay version of "To Kill A Mockingbird" [1960]
'adapted/dramatized' by Christopher Sergel
performed in September 1988 at the Royal Theatre [est. 1884] in Northampton, UK
performed in 1989 at the Mermaid Theatre [1959-2008] in London, England with Alan Dobie & Eileen Gourlay in the cast
performed in September 2006 at West Yorkshire Playhouse [est. 1990] in Leeds, U.K.: negative national review
performed in February 2011 at York's Theatre Royal [est. 1744] in U.K.: national review

1960 playscript of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Christopher Sergel   "Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird: Acting Edition" [1960]
by Christopher Sergel

Dramatic Publng Company mass pb [6/60] for $8.33
"Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird" playscript [1970]
Dramatic Publng Company mass pb [1/70] out of print/used
playscript of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Christopher Sergel  "The Play of To Kill A Mockingbird" [1988]
by Christopher Sergel, Introduction by Ray Speakman

Heinemann Plays 8x5½ hardcover [1/95] out of print/many used
To Kill a Mockingbird & Other Plays book edited by Rex Sadler & T.A.S. Hayllar  "To Kill a Mockingbird and Other Plays" [1996]
Edited by Rex K. Sadler & T.A.S. Hayllar

includes "TKAM" 1988 adaptation by Christopher Sergel; "Adam's Ark" based on 1990 novel by Paul Stewart; "The Hood, The Sad, and The Cuddly" teenage melodrama; "Dracula"; "The Cowpokes of Calico"; and "Possible Changes"
Macmillan Education Australia 9¾x7½ pb [9/96] import/used
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Since 1991, the Monroe County Museum has sponsored performances of the "To Kill A Mockingbird" two-act stageplay by the local Mockingbird Players
amateur theater group at the Old Courthouse Museum each April & May, which sell out quickly; Act One takes place outside on the courthouse lawn,
Act Two takes place inside the courtroom • stageplay infoJanuary 2006 National Geographic article

'To Kill A Mockingbird' original soundtrack album on vinyl  "To Kill A Mockingbird" original soundtrack album on vinyl [1962]
conducted by the composer Elmer Bernstein

Ava Records album on vinyl [1962] out of prodn/used
'To Kill A Mockingbird' soundtrack album on CD  "To Kill A Mockingbird" soundtrack album on CD [1991 & 2014]
conducted by the composer Elmer Bernstein, with Harry Betts & Herb Steward

Cherry Red import soundtrack CD [9/2014] 16 tracks for $23.99
Mainstream Records MP3 album [1991] 16 tracks for $7.99
'To Kill A Mockingbird' soundtrack album on CD re-recorded in 1996  "To Kill A Mockingbird" soundtrack album on CD [re-recorded 1996]
Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by the composer Elmer Bernstein

Varese Sarabande soundtrack CD [orig 1962, re-issued 7/97] 14 tracks for $11.88
To Kill A Mockingbird original soundtrack album on CD  "To Kill A Mockingbird" original soundtrack [2007]
by Leon Hunt & Josh Clark (with Pat Purchase)

Indie Europe/Zoom soundtrack CD [7/2007] 16 tracks - out of prodn/SOLD OUT!
This is apparently a self-generated concept album – probably intended to be listened
to while reading the book

Image  Gallery

Gregory Peck with young actress Mary Badham (as his daughter Scout)
Gregory Peck with young actress Mary Badham on the porch swing
publicity still from the movie: Brock Peters as Tom Robinson and Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch
Brock Peters as Tom Robinson and Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch
blue 'To Kill A Mockingbird' movie poster
'To Kill A Mockingbird' blue movie poster
white post-Oscar 2-sheet movie poster
white post-Oscar 2-sheet 'To Kill A Mockingbird' movie poster]
Gregory Peck with young actress Mary Badham on his knee
Gregory Peck with young actress Mary Badham on his knee

L i n k s
"To Kill A Mockingbird" novel entry at Wikipedia
browse the Harper Lee Store at Amazon

The pun 'Tequila Mockingbird' has shown up in several places: as a song by Asian pop-star Vanessa-Mae; as a stage performance & DVD by John Valby (aka Dr. Dirty);
as the name of Homer Simpson's band in the cartoon TV series "The Simpsons"; and as episode titles for several TV series over the years.

"Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With A Literary Twist" novelty cocktail guide [2013] by Tim Federle
Kindle Edition from Running Press [4/2013] for $8.10
Running Press 7x5¼ hardcover [4/2013] for $11.45

Likewise, Boo Radley is the name of an Australian fashion house and of a 1990s British alt-rock band, with usage as song titles, mentions
in song lyrics, and references in many movies and on many TV series episodes.

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