Curious facts you may not know about “To Kill a Mockingbird”
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is the American timeless book of a childhood in a quiet little town and the crisis of conscience that overtook it. More than 30 million copies of the novel were sold worldwide. Nowadays it continues to sell about a million copies every year. Here are some interesting facts about “To Kill a Mockingbird” and its author Harper Lee.
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So “To Kill a Mockingbird” is the rare class of American literature that is relatively easy to read and pretty fun to read. It’s got a cool and somewhat creepy plot that draws you in. The novel follows a young girl, Scout, her brother, Jem, and their weird neighbor, Dill, who become obsessed with their even weirder neighbor, “Boo” Radley. The kids spend a lot of time reenacting Boo’s backstory.
#1 Harper Lee didn’t want the book turned into an electronic version
Lee wasn’t a fan of the digital age, saying she loved dusty old books and libraries. What do you think about e-books? Do you read them?
#2 Atticus Finch was modeled after Harper Lee’s father
Much of Lee’s childhood is mirrored in “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Just like Atticus Finch, Lee’s father was a lawyer who defended two African-American men charged with murder. Unfortunately, he lost the case but the situation and the lessons had a huge impact on his daughter.
#3 The character of Dill was based on Harper Lee’s childhood friend, author Truman Capote
Jem and Scout’s friend Dill was inspired by Lee’s real-life friendship with Truman Capote, who lived next door. He is famous for his books such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood”.
#4 Harper Lee wrote very slowly
Though Harper Lee spent a lot of time at her desk, about 6 to 12 hours a day, she wrote only one manuscript page per day. Lee was a methodical writer like most of us at school.
#5 There was a real-life Boo Radley
Several residents said that the real Boo Radley lived down the street from Lee’s family. Just like Boo, he was a pale, reclusive man who left presents for children in the knothole of his tree.
#6 The child actors who played Jem and Scout in the 1962 film couldn’t stand each other
The actress who played Scout, Mary Badham, has stated that she and the actor who played Jem, Phillip Alford, “despised each other”.
#7 The Tom Robinson case is reportedly based on a similar real-life case
There is a theory that the Tom Robinson case was based on a 1931 case against a group of nine black teenagers. They were accused of raping two white girls though one of the victims later admitted to making up the story.
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