Lee, known best to friends, like her childhood pal Truman Capote, by her first name, "Nelle," began writing the book during the 1950s while working as an airline reservation clerk in New York City, which was quite a ways from her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where her father, Amasa Coleman "A.C." Lee, practiced law.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" was an overnight best-seller and a Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction. Its arrival coincided with the peak years of the civil rights movement in the South and its implicit plea for tolerance, along with the persistent urgency of America's racial dialogue, has kept it in print ...
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