How many of us first encountered the idea of Atticus and didn’t feel the desire to be him, in some way, or some form?
How many of us felt the sting of injustice, but the youthful innocence necessary at the end of an experience?
How many of us first learned of the indignity of poverty and discrimination in the character of Tom?
How many of us laughed at the way Atticus seemed to want to protect the innocence of Jem and Scout without keeping them in the dark over the issues in the real world?
I know I did. How about you?
The 1961 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper Lee has passed away at the age of 89.
It takes a writer of immense moral clarity to put words on the page the way Harper Lee did. She created a story that reflected our world, and as painful as it was to be in that courtroom with those characters, we loved her for it. To Kill A Mockingbird was the first full-length novel I ever read, and the first transformative piece of writing I had the pleasure of wrestling with. I don’t know about you, but I read “Go Set A Watchman” as soon as the hardback copies hit the shelves. It took me a few hours, and I caught myself feeling the same things I had when I read the original TKAM.
If her work has impacted you the way it has impacted me, share your experience here!