Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, is an American classic. It is part of the fabric, the persona of this nation. When, dear reader, did you first experience Ms. Lee's book?
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Mills recorded a conversation with Lee who wrote: “She said she felt lucky Mockingbird was published when it was. Much later, and it might have been classified as young adult fiction and never reached the audience, and all the adults, it did.”
Young adult fiction has been a hot topic lately, with the success of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars reaching a mainstream audience through things like a New Yorker profile and a hit movie adaptation.
If To Kill a Mockingbird had been released even ten years later, it probably would have been sold as a kids’ book. If it were released now, there’s a chance it would even be marketed as middle grade. In fact, Scout, the narrator is looking back on her life as a ten-year-old child.