It took Harper Lee two years to write her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. She attested to the belief that "if you've never been in or known a small southern town, it's quite a thing. The people are not particularly sophisticated...They're not worldly wise in any way. But they tell you a story whenever they see you." By sharing her story of the the town full of social unrest where she grew up, her novel sold more than 2-1/2 million copies in 1959, the very first year it was published, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Letters, has the record of being on the best-seller list for 100 weeks, and has sold more than five million copies in 13 countries.
Lee's southern tale holds within it many themes that remain prevalent in even the 21st century. To read To Kill A Mockingbird is to go back in time to the 1930's, becoming a fly on the wall in a small southern American town with the ability to quietly watch, question, reflect, and learn. Set a goal for yourself to do just these things as we begin our exploration of Maycomb County and its inhabitants.