Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters: What Harper Lee's Book and America's Iconic Film Mean to Us Today
With 40 million copies sold, To Kill a Mockingbird's poignant but clear eyed examination of human nature has cemented its status as a global classic. Tom Santopietr ...more
NELLE HARPER LEE - April 28, 1926 - February 19, 2016.
Its all here....How it all came to be....the novel, the screenplay, the movie, and discussion of "America's Original National Sin......Slavery."
Perhaps I'm the only one, but did not know TKAM was a semi-autobiographical work....that Lee's attorney father, A. C. Lee was the inspiration for Atticus....that he actually defended two African American men accused of murdering a white man and really was much like the...more
As much a biography of Harper Lee as it is a telling of the era’s racial climate surrounding the book’s publication, subsequent film production and Academy award for Gregory Peck.
The back story to Lee was quite interesting, her familial life leading up to her semi-autobiographical writing of Mockingbird. Her tomboy ways, attorney father and how the mental maladies of her mother absented her from the novel.
The interweaving of other writers, sing ...more
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Tom Santopietro, an author well-known for his writing about American popular culture, delves into the heart of the beloved classic and shows readers why "To Kill Mockingbird" matters more today than ever before.
With 40 million copies sold, To Kill a Mockingbird’s poignant but clear-eyed examination of human nature has cemented its status as a global classic. Tom Santopie ...more
Nevertheless, he did write a highly readable book that covered ...more
The first part of the book details Harper Lee's life and her writing of the novel. Following the "discovery" of Go Set a Watchman, we all learned many of t ...more
I had never read TKAM nor had I seen the movie before winning this book. I figured it was a sign that I needed to do so. I read the book and watched the movie before reading this book which takes a deeper dive into both the book and the movie.
In this book we learn more about Nelle Harper Lee and how TKAM was basically based on her childhood growing up in Monroeville, Alabama. It was fun to see how Truman Capote was really the Dill character. A ...more
Santopietro provides a thorough look at Harper Lee’s most famous work. He starts out with Ms. Lee herself, with a childhood that closely resembled Scout’s and follows that with the publication and resultant exaltations. Then the story shifts to the film with insightful biographies of the cast and crew. This will be a sublime read for book lovers.