„People in their right minds never take pride in their talents“, writes
On Friday morning, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, died at the age of 89 in her Monroeville, Ala., home. Lee’s seminal novel on racial issues in America’s deep South was published in 1960 to both critical and commercial success, and remains a classic decades later as the country’s struggle for racial equality wages on.
Narrated by 6-year-old Scout, the novel revolves around her small-town lawyer father, Atticus Finch, who is defending a Black man accused of raping a White woman. Along the way, the novel pointedly addresses racial prejudice, life in the Depression-era South, and the challenges of growing up. At its heart, To Kill a Mockingbird is the story of the struggle for justice that captivated both children and adults.
Even Lee herself was taken aback by the overwhelming reception to her novel. „I never expected any sort of success,“ she reportedly claimed, adding that she was „hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of the reviewers.“
Though Lee’s characters and prose inTo Kill a Mockingbird were widely praised, the profound bits of wisdom that she peppered throughout the book contributed to its popularity. Here are some of our favorites:
1. „The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.“