50th Anniversary of “Mockingbird”

The novel To Kill a Mockingbird turned 50 this summer. Harper Lee’s classic story features Atticus Finch, perhaps the most famous fictional lawyer in the world.

Did you know … ?

  • The character of Dill is based on Truman Capote, Harper Lee’s own childhood friend.
  • Robert Duvall made his film debut in the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird playing Boo Radley. To prepare, Duvall dyed his hair blond and stayed out of the sun for six weeks before filming.
  • In 1997, the Alabama State Bar erected a monument in Atticus Finch’s honor.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird is currently #4 on the American Library Association’s Top 100 Banned and Challenged Classics list.

The library owns copies of both the book and the movie in our Leisure Collection.

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