To Kill A Mockingbird; Inscribed by Harper Lee in the year of publication

  • To Kill a Mockingbird.

To Kill a Mockingbird.


Item Number: 81130

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960.

Fourth printing of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Wini with my best wishes, Harper Lee September 14, 1960.” The recipient was a neighbor of Lee’s in Monroeville, Alabama where she resided. The publication date of the first printing was July 11, 1960, this example was signed two months after the initial publication. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Shirley Smith.

To Kill a Mockingbird became an immediate bestseller and won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The New Yorker declared it "skilled, unpretentious, and totally ingenious". It has gone on to become of the best-loved classics of all time and has been translated into more than forty languages selling more than forty million copies worldwide. Made into the Academy Award-winning film, directed by Robert Mulligan, starring Gregory Peck. It went on to win three Oscars: Best Actor for Gregory Peck, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White, and Best Screenplay for Horton Foote. It was nominated for five more Oscars including Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Mary Badham, the actress who played Scout. In 1995, the film was listed in the National Film Registry. In 2003, the American Film Institute named Atticus Finch the greatest movie hero of the 20th century. In 2007 the film ranked twenty-fifth on the AFI's 10th anniversary list of the greatest American movies of all time. It was named the best novel of the twentieth century by librarians across the country (Library Journal).

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