By Eanna O Murchu

Widely acknowledged as one of the all-time greats when it comes to modern American literature, Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ soared back into headlines worldwide over the past few weeks with the publication of follow-on book, ‘Go Set A Watchman’.
To Kill A Mockingbird was first published just over 55 years ago, in July, 1960.

The primary themes of Lee’s work involved racial injustice and the destruction of innocence, and in 1961, when To Kill a Mockingbird was in its 41st week on the bestseller list, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Regularly poised atop ‘Favourite Books of All-Time’ lists, To Kill A Mockingbird has been taught in schools across America, in the UK and at Junior Certificate level here in Ireland.


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