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Welcome to Gumberg's research guide on Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, a Pulitzer Prize winning novel published in 1960.
TKAM is set in a small town during the Great Depression and is loosely based on Lee's experiences as a young girl in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. The novel is regarded as a modern classic in American literature and renowned for it's depiction of serious issues such as racial inequality, rape, and prejudice.
The novel emphasizes the importance of tolerance and moral integrity, particularly through the character of Atticus Finch. It has been characterized in the Southern Gothic subgenre of literature, as well as a coming-of-age novel. It was later adapted into an Oscar-winning motion picture in 1962.
This guide is intended to provide more information on the novel, its themes and elements, information on the author, and educational resources. Scholarly resources are also highlighted for potential research on the themes from this novel. Use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate the guide.
Video SparkNotes presents Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird with a novel synopsis, analysis, and discussion of major characters and themes.