Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into over 40 languages, sold 40 million copies, and has never been out of print. Mockingbird is a Pulitzer Prize winner and was made into an Academy Award winning movie
The novel is the most widely read book in grades 9-12. In a recent survey, the Bible came in second to Mockingbird as most inspirational book. Miss Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.
However, Miss Lee shunned the spotlight. “By the accounts of friends and Monroeville residents, she was a warm, vibrant and witty woman who played golf, fished, ate at McDonald's, fed ducks by tossing seed corn out of a Cool Whip tub, read voraciously, and got about to plays and concerts. She just didn't want to talk about it before an audience.”
Harper Lee died yesterday at age 89. The AFPLS catalogue has copies of Mockingbird (and Watchman) in various formats, as well as bios/memoirs of the author.