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Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of to Kill a Mockingbirdby Mary McDonagh Murphy
Synopses & Reviews
To Kill a Mockingbird may well be our national novel. It is the first adult novel that many of us remember reading, one book that millions of us have in common. It sells nearly a million copies a year, more than any other twentieth-century American classic. Harper Lee's first and only novel, published in July 1960, is a beloved classic and touchstone in American literary and social history.
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, Mary McDonagh Murphy reviews its history and examines how the novel has left its mark on a broad range of novelists, historians, journalists, and artists.
In compelling interviews, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Oprah Winfrey, James Patterson, James McBride, Scott Turow, Wally Lamb, Andrew Young, Richard Russo, Adriana Trigiani, Rick Bragg, Jon Meacham, Allan Gurganus, Diane McWhorter, Lee Smith, Rosanne Cash, and others reflect on when they first read the novel, what it means to them—then and now—and how it has affected their lives and careers. Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a lively appreciation of the many ways in which the novel has made—and continues to make—a difference to generations of readers.
Harper Lee has not given an interview since 1964, but Murphy's reporting, research, and rare interviews with the author's sister and friends stitch together a brief history of how the novel, as well as the acclaimed 1962 movie, came to be.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird (July 11, 2010), an American classic that sells almost a million copies per year, Scout, Atticus, and Boo features interview selections with prominent figures including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Wally Lamb and Anna Quindlen on how the book has impacted their lives.
About the Author
Mary McDonagh Murphy is an independent documentary director and writer whose work has appeared on PBS. For twenty years she was a producer at CBS News, where she won six Emmy Awards. She has written for Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Post, and Publishers Weekly. A native of Rhode Island, Murphy is a graduate of Wesleyan University and was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. She lives in Scarborough, New York, with her husband, Bob Minzesheimer, and their two children.
Table of Contents
Scout, Atticus, and Boo — The interviews. Mary Badham ; Boaty Boatwright ; Rick Bragg ; Tom Brokaw ; The Reverend Thomas Lane Butts ; Rosanne Cash ; Mark Childress ; Jane Ellen Clark ; Allan Gurganus ; David Kipen ; Wally Lamb ; Alice Finch Lee ; James McBride ; Diane McWhorter ; Jon Meacham ; Allison Moorer ; James Patterson ; Anna Quindlen ; Richard Russo ; Lizzie Skurnick ; Lee Smith ; Adriana Trigiani ; Mary Tucker ; Scott Turow ; Oprah Winfrey ; Andrew Young.
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