Friday, July 11 2014, 07:32 AM EDT
"To Kill a Mockingbird" Anniversary
Today is the anniversary of the day that the Pulitzer Prize, winning book, "To Kill A Mockingbird" was published in 1960....
This book has become a classic of modern American Literature written by Harper Lee.
It was actually a story based upon her life.
This was the only book she wrote.
And just two days ago it became an official E-book for the first time.
In 1962, this book became a film, which eventually won a couple of Oscars and golden globes for it's performance, screen play, direction, design and score.
Actress Rosemary Murphy, an Emmy Award winner who played the neighbor, Miss Maudie in the film, also passed away yesterday at 89 years old.
Many high schoolers are now required to read this book at some point in time.
The story takes place three years during the great depression from 1933-1935 in Maycomb, Alabama.
It focuses on six-year-old Scout Finch, who lives with her older brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer.
Judge Taylor appoints Atticus to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a young white woman, Mayella Ewell.
Although many of Maycomb's citizens disapprove, Atticus agrees to defend Tom to the best of his ability.
Atticus establishes that the accusers—Mayella and her father, Bob Ewell, the town drunk—are lying.
Despite significant evidence of Tom's innocence, the jury convicts him.
Jem's faith in justice becomes badly shaken, as is Atticus', when the hapless Tom is shot and killed while trying to escape from prison.
Bob Ewell attacks Scout and Jem to get back at Atticus for humiliating him at the trial.
Boo Radley ends up rescuing the kids from the attacker.
Sheriff Tate arrives and discovers that Bob Ewell has died during the fight saying "he fell on his knife."
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