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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

Writing is a process of self-discipline you must learn before you can call yourself a writer. There are people who write, but I think they’re quite different from people who must write.


To Kill a Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective
Maintained by the Library of Congress, this website guides students on a journey through the Depression Era in the 1930s. Activities familiarize the students with Southern experiences through the study of the novel and African American experiences through the examination of primary sources.

Printed Resources

Bloom, Harold, editor. Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird." Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations. (New York: Chelsea House, 1996).

Childress, Mark. “Looking for Harper Lee.” Southern Living, May 1997. pp. 148-150.

Erisman, Fred. “The Romantic Regionalism of Harper Lee.” Alabama Review, No. 26, (April, 1973). pp. 122-136.

Going, William T. “Truman Capote: Harper Lee's Fictional Portrait of the Artist as an Alabama Child.” Alabama Review, Vol. 42, No. 2. pp. 136-149.

Johnson, Claudia Durst. "To Kill a Mockingbird": Threatening Boundaries. (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1994).

Johnson, Claudia Durst. Understanding "To Kill a Mockingbird": A Student Casebook. (New York: Greenwood, 1994).

Murphy, Mary McDonagh. Scout, Atticus and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Harper Perennial, 2010.

Shields, Charles J. Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee. (New York: Henry Holt, 2006).


Murphy, Mary McDonagh, dir. Harper Lee: Hey, Boo. PBS American Masters, 2012.

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