By The Editors of LIFE
When HarperCollins released To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960, it fast grew to become a runaway bestseller—and its writer, Harper Lee, an in a single day literary superstar. during this precise variation, existence delves into its recognized documents to provide a wealthy, superbly illustrated commemoration of Lee's existence and legacy. via essays, photos and archival fabrics, lifestyles revisits To Kill a Mockingbird and is helping us comprehend its magic, exploring how the coming-of-age tale of a tomboy in a small Southern city grew to become a permanent touchstone of our cultural consciousness.
This collectable quantity gains images from LIFE’s 1961 profile of Lee, taken in her place of origin of Monroeville, Ala., the place she lived until eventually her loss of life in 2016. those indelible images—some reproduced right here for the 1st time—reveal an intimate portrait of the famously shy writer, exhibiting her together with her father at their early life domestic and within the neighborhood court that encouraged the atmosphere for the trial in Mockingbird.The publication additionally is going behind the curtain of the Oscar Award–winning movie edition that starred Gregory Peck in his mythical position as Atticus Finch. Mockingbird's transformation from an explosively renowned novel right into a vintage Hollywood movie is captured right here in LIFE's pictures from the set, movie stills, and anecdotes from these with reference to the project.
Lee’s tale wouldn't be entire with out an exploration of the long-awaited sequel, Go Set a Watchman. TIME’s arts critic Daniel D’Addario studies the novel—published from a manuscript lengthy regarded as lost—that set the literary international aflame in 2015.
Throughout, LIFE’s specified version accommodates reproductions of precise ephemera, together with Peck’s unique movie script together with his handwritten annotations.