Throwback Thursday: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

On this day in 1960, Harper Lee Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was published. Unlike some authors who never became popular until after their lifetime (*coughcough* Dickinson *coughcough*), Lee’s work was immediately successful and has become a modern American classic–much to the dismay of high school students everywhere who are forced to read it.

My high school English teacher, like so many others, had us read To Kill a Mockingbird. Like everyone else, I bitched and moaned and complained about reading something that I deemed to be “so overdone.” Except it wasn’t. And isn’t. Harper Lee’s book will never go out of style because there will always prejudice and injustice, and there will always be Atticus Finches to fight against it.

And, can we just take a moment to recognize how kick-ass Harper Lee was for writing this at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement?

-The Collectress

English: US writer Harper Lee during Medal of ...
English: US writer Harper Lee during Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)