Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and What It Isn't | By Allen Barra - WSJ.com

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and What It Isn't | By Allen Barra - WSJ.com: "Well, while Zora Neale Hurston and Walker Percy were born in Alabama, those two great writers didn't stick around my home state for long. And as for Harper Lee—Alabama born, raised and still resident—she doesn't really measure up to the others in literary talent, but we like to pretend she does.

Ms. Lee is at the head of the Southern class in one big way, however: The numbers are imprecise, but according to a 1988 report by the National Council of Teachers of English, her novel, 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' was required reading in three-quarters of America's high schools."