Tom Santopietro, an author well-known for his writing about American popular culture, delves into the heart of the beloved classic and shows readers why To Kill a Mockingbird matters more today than ever before.With 40 million copies sold, To Kill a Mockingbird's poignant but clear eyed examination of human nature has cemented its status as a global classic. Tom Santopietro's new book, Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters, takes a 360 degree look at the Mockingbird phenomenon both on page and screen.Santopietro traces the writing of To Kill a Mockingbird, the impact of the Pulitzer Prize, and investigates the claims that Lee's book is actually racist. Here for the first time is the full behind the scenes story regarding the creation of the 1962 film, one which entered the American consciousness in a way that few other films ever have. From the earliest casting sessions to the Oscars and the 50th Anniversary screening at the White House, Santopietro examines exactly what makes the movie an...
|Title||:||Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters: What Harper Lee's Book and America's Iconic Film Mean to Us Today|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
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Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters: What Harper Lee's Book and America's Iconic Film Mean to Us Today Reviews
This book had a LOT of information about Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird. I felt like I probably should have re-read To Kill a Mockingbird and probably read Go Set A Watchman before I started this book. I did appreciate the history, not just of TKAM but also of Harper Lee and everything that had happened in her life. I was completely unaware that GSAW was written as her original book and was just left in a safe deposit box for several decades. The book did also put a great perspective on ho ...more
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Santopietro provides a thorough look at Harper Lee’s most famous work. He starts out with Ms. Lee herself, with a childhood that closely resembled Scout’s and follows that with the publication and resultant exaltations. Then the story shifts to the film with insightful biographies of the cast and crew. This will be a sublime read for book lovers.
Why to kill a mockingbird matters by Tom Santopietro
As much a biography of Harper Lee as it is a telling of the era’s racial climate surrounding the book’s publication, subsequent film production and Academy award for Gregory Peck.
The back story to Lee was quite interesting, her familial life leading up to her semi-autobiographical writing of Mockingbird. Her tomboy ways, attorney father and how the mental maladies of her mother absented her from the novel.
The interweaving of other writers, sing ...more
I did not care for this book. At all. Review forthcoming.
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Tom Santopietro, an author well-known for his writing about American popular culture, delves into the heart of the beloved classic and shows readers why "To Kill Mockingbird" matters more today than ever before.
With 40 million copies sold, To Kill a Mockingbird’s poignant but clear-eyed examination of human nature has cemented its status as a global classic. Tom Santopie ...more