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Jul
10

50th Anniversary of “To Kill A Mockingbird”….

50 years ago today, the book that broke the subject of racism wide open, “To Kill A Mockingbird” was published.

FROM WIKIPEDIA: Born in 1926, Harper Lee grew up in the Southern town of Monroeville, Alabama, where she became close friends with the soon-to-be famous writer Truman Capote. She attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery (1944–45), and thenMockingbirdfirst.JPG
 studied law at the University of Alabama (1945–49). While attending college, she wrote for campus literary magazines: Huntress at Huntingdon and the humor magazine Rammer Jammer at the University of Alabama. At both colleges, she wrote short stories and other works about racial injustice, a rarely mentioned topic on such campuses at the time.[3] In 1950, Lee moved to New York City, where she worked as a reservation clerk for British Overseas Airways Corporation; there, she began writing a collection of essays and short stories about people in Monroeville. Hoping to be published, Lee presented her writing in 1957 to a literary agent recommended by Capote. An editor at J. B. Lippincott advised her to quit the airline and concentrate on writing. Donations from friends allowed her to write uninterrupted for a year.[4]

Lee spent two and a half years writing To Kill a Mockingbird. A description of the book’s creation by the National Endowment for the Arts relates an episode when Lee became so frustrated that she tossed the manuscript out the window into the snow. Her agent made her retrieve it.[5] The book was published on July 11, 1960."To Kill a Mockingbird" Phillip Alford, Gregory Peck, Mary Badham 1962 Universal Pictures © 1978 Leo Fuchs

Lee never wrote another book and still lives, today, in her home town of Monroeville, Alabama. Being the story was apparently autobiographical, she told all the story she needed to tell! I hope the book is always one to be read. The story is powerful and adaptable to our lives today, 50 years later. Scout would be proud….

Lady Godiva on wheels…..

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