To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those rare novels that, like Uncle Tom's Cabin, was a widely acclaimed work of social criticism that also exposed the injustice in the criminal justice system in America. It gave a realistic and very unflattering portrayal of the criminal courts in America. The book was written by Harper Lee (1926–) and was published in 1960. Lee was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her work, which became a classic and is today required reading in many schools across the nation. Interestingly, it is the ...

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