To Kill a Mockingbird

As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don’t think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, “I’m probably no better than you, but I’m certainly your equal.”

— Harper Lee, personal correspondence, 2006

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Click here for our Mockingbird Vocabulary.



Click here to visit a re-make of my blog of my trip to Monroeville, AL in July of 2009.

Click on the photos below to go to my flickr albums of my photos from Monroeville.

First Monroeville Upload

Second Monroeville Upload

Click here for my Harper Lee Pinterest board.

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Historical Context

Establish the historical context for the novel by checking out resources like…

Video on Southern Reactions to 1960 Publication of  To Kill a Mockingbird 

Harper Lee and Civil Rights

America’s Black Holocaust Museum: 100 Years of Jim Crow

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow: The Great Depression

Race Relations in the 1930s @ LoC

Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror

Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center

Videos (Spoiler Alert!)

Videos posted on this page will include spoilers, so don’t watch until you’ve read the book!



Harper Lee @ bio.

A timeline of Lee’s life from the Old Courthouse Museum

NEA’s Big Read podcast on Lee & TKAM

The TKAM Student Survival Guide — Great for allusions and vocabulary!

Understanding TKAM — A Research Guide for Students

NYT’s Learning Network on TKAM

articles from the time of publication

Click here to see a review of TKAM from The Atlantic August 1960.

Click here to see a review of TKAM from Time August 1960.

Click here to see a newspaper ad for the film from February 1963.

May 1962 New York Times article on film version of TKAM.

Reprint of a 1964 interview with Harper Lee.


Lee’s other writings

Here are all five of Lee’s other published non-fiction pieces.

Harper Lee’s Abandoned True-Crime Novel

What was Harper Lee’s role in writing ‘In Cold Blood?’

Lee’s very private life

Listen to NPR coverage of a rare Harper Lee public appearance here.

Click here for “The Decline of Harper Lee,” an interesting look the continual controversy over Lee’s life and works (February 3, 2105).

“To Steal a Mockingbird?” by Mark Seal in Vanity Fair

The Death of Alice Lee.

One of the last interviews with Alice Lee.

A new biography of Harper Lee — the author insists that she had Harper Lee’s cooperation on the book, but Harper Lee denies having anything to do with it. Check out an article from the Christian Science Monitor here.’s response to the supposedly authorized biography: “Leave her alone!”

An interesting article about Harper Lee’s “silence” in The Telegraph.

Lee’s letters

In letters donated to SMU, Harper Lee reveals droll personality behind ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

The Letters From Harper Lee to Berkeley Breathed (creator of “Bloom County”)

Six Personal Letters by Harper Lee to Be Auctioned at Christie’s

2010, the 50th anniversary of the publication of Mockingbird

President Obama’s introduction to the 50th anniversary celebratory airing of TKAM on television – click for the entire video.

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111th Congress 2d Session S Res 614 Resolution Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Publication of TKAM

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The Guardian’s interview with Harper Lee the way they’d like us to think of it.

And the way the interview really went.

Click here for the NPR article, “50 Years On, ‘Mockingbird’ Still Sings America’s Song.”

Harper Lee’s Novel Achievement @ Smithsonian Magazine

Mystery in Monroeville



HarperCollins Press Release for Go Set a Watchman.

Harper Lee Bombshell.

Mixed feelings on Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman.

After Harper Lee Novel Surfaces, Plots Arise.

To shill a mockingbird: How a manuscript’s discovery became Harper Lee’s “new” novel.

Harper Lee “extremely hurt” by Mockingbird sequel claims.

Harper Lee: What’s wrong with a one-hit wonder?

Harper Lee and the Benefit of the Doubt

Why Did Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman Stay Hidden So Long

Lee’s Death

Judge Seals Harper Lee’s Will From Public’s Scrutiny

“But the curiosity surrounding Ms. Lee’s will extended beyond the question of how much her estate — thought to amount to tens of millions of dollars — is actually worth. Also of keen interest is how her assets are to be distributed. Ms. Lee never married and had no children. Her closest living relatives are nieces and nephews.”

Harper Lee Is Memorialized as She Lived: Quietly and Privately

The news of Harper Lee’s passing: Harper Lee passed away.

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Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Dies at 89

The Measure Of Harper Lee: A Life Shaped By A Towering Text

Harper Lee: Her Life and Work

4 Awesome Things Harper Lee Did After ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Harper Lee – a life in pictures

See Harper Lee’s Secluded Alabama Life

Monroeville, Ala., Remembers Harper Lee, Its Most Celebrated Resident

Mockingbird Pop

Click here to see Stephen Colbert’s impersonation of Atticus Finch. This is a perfect example of allusion–if you did not know To Kill a Mockingbird, you’d completely miss the joke!


Stephen Colbert’s Atticus Finch never gets old!



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