To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1) by Harper LeeThe unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
The Making of To Kill a Mockingbird
Badham, who was 10 when she made the film, was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role. This film, this story, this book, this play, seem timeless. It is set in Maycomb, Alabama, but could easily take place today. What do you think is the enduring appeal of this story? People fall in love with the children and with Atticus. They are characters that are easy to love. Gregory Peck was such a wonderful human being.
T here had been a cattle call throughout the south, to let them know there was an audition for To Kill A Mockingbird. My mom had to ask my dad, who said no. When we went in for the audition, they gave us the script, and I read it and loved it. She knew I had something. I went to New York for a screen test, and then to California to film it.
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The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and was a box-office success, earning more than six times its budget. In , the film was listed in the National Film Registry. In , the American Film Institute named Atticus Finch the greatest movie hero of the 20th century. In , the film ranked twenty-fifth on the AFI's 10th anniversary list of the greatest American movies of all time. In , the British Film Institute included it in their list of the 50 films you should see by the age of The film was restored and released on Blu-ray and DVD in , as part of the th anniversary of Universal Pictures. Despite the Finch family's modest means, the children enjoy a happy childhood, cared for by their widowed father, Atticus, and their housekeeper, Calpurnia.
When Philadelphia-based publisher J. Nevertheless, upon its release in July , the novel swiftly gained popularity and earned a place on the New York Times bestseller list. Unusual for a promising literary property, the motion picture rights to which were often sold before publication, To Kill a Mockingbird spent six weeks on the list before producer Alan J. Pakula and director Robert Mulligan acquired the rights to the book, which would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in Once they had purchased the property, the little-known filmmakers quickly realized they would need a major star in order to move the project forward in Hollywood.