cover image To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper Lee. Lippincott, $3.95 (336) ISBN 9780061120084

Originally scheduled for June, this impressive first novel was postponed when it was made the August selection of the Literary Guild. Miss Lee, who is a very accomplished writer, tells a story of two sensitive, intelligent children, living in a sleepy southern town where they observe hate and violence for the first time when a lynching almost takes place. Their experience teaches them to respect their fellow creatures. The book is set in the mid-1930's, but the theme, of course, is timeless. We urge booksellers to be sure to read this for themselves, lest they think it is simply another of the many first novels about the trials of adolescence. National advertising.