Posters & Canvas Art Print. Book cover. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. A classic of modern American literature.
Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 5, 2007 by President George W. Bush. In his remarks, Bush stated, “One reason To Kill a Mockingbird succeeded is the wise and kind heart of the author, which comes through on every page … To Kill a Mockingbird has influenced the character of our country for the better. It’s been a gift to the entire world. As a model of good writing and humane sensibility, this book will be read and studied forever.
The book was made into the well-received 1962 film with the same title, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. The film’s producer, Alan J. Pakula, remembered Universal Pictures executives questioning him about a potential script: “They said, ‘What story do you plan to tell for the film?’ I said, ‘Have you read the book?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘That’s the story.