Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird, both as a novel and as a film, shows how time can change the way society views the importance of certain issues, such as racism. Because it was written during the civil rights movement, many people protested against it for conveying issues of prejudice between the north and the south. However, after time, the novel gradually became accepted. It is now a world-renowned classic, and it has won the Pulitzer Prize, as well as having made its way to the big screen. The author, Harper Lee, sets the story in a small town in Alabama. The narrator is a 9-year-old tomboy, whose father was a widowed lawyer. Herbert Mitgang wrote in the New York Times on July 13, 1960:
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In 1957, Lee gave a manuscript of her novel to the J. B. Lippincott Company. ?The company told her that her novel consisted of a series of short stories strung together, and she was urged to re-write it? (Kansas). Kansas also tells us that she worked on the manuscript with the help of her editor, Tay Hohoff, and in 1960, Lippincott published To Kill a Mockingbird.

According to an article in the New York Times, from May 19, 1961, titled ?Prize for Novel Elates Film Pair,? the novel caught the attention of producer Alan Pakula. Author of the article, Murray Schumach said that after reading the novel, Pakula became strongly inspired and wanted to create a film based on it. He then asked director Robert Mulligan to read it also. Schumach stated, ?Mr. Mulligan wanted to buy the film rights at once.? Together they acquired the rights to the novel. Schumach also informs his readers that they offered Harper Lee a chance to write the film script, but ?she was reluctant because she wanted to continue working in Monroeville, Alabama on her new book. She was pleased to withdraw when Horton Foote said he would do the screen.? ?By the first week of January 1962, pre-production was well under way? and To Kill a Mockingbird was made into a film later that year. It won three Oscars: for Best Direction, Set Decoration, and Actor (Kansas).

One may wonder, if never having read, To

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