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.