To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was published on July 11. 1960 and was an immediate best seller. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 and was voted “best novel of the century” by the Library Journal. With more than thirty million transcripts in print. To Kill a Mockingbird remains a best seller. Regardless of all the congratulations. this novel has been banned and challenged in many different countries due to profanity and racial slurs.
To Kill a Mockingbird was challenged and temporarily banned in Eden Valley. Minnesota due to the usage of words such as “damn” and “whore lady” . In some other countries. it was challenged with being a “filthy. rubbishy novel” . In Warren. Ind. Township schools this novel was challenged “because the book does psychological harm to the positive integrating procedure and represents institutionalised racism under the pretense of good literature” . This novel was besides challenged and/or banned in many other school territories due to the usage of the word “nigger” . profanity. and other racial slurs. Some territories besides claimed that this novel is degrading to African Americans.
When a missive to the editor was written by a Richmond. Virginia country school board in efforts to censor To Kill a Mockingbird as “immoral literature” . Lee responded by stating: “Recently I have received reverberations down this manner of the Hanover County School Board’s activities. and what I’ve heard makes me inquire if any of its members can read. Surely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that “To Kill a Mockingbird” spells out in words of rarely more than two syllables a codification of award and behavior. Christian in its ethic. that is the heritage of all Southerners.
To hear that the novel is “immoral” has made me number the old ages between now and 1984. for I have yet to come across a better illustration of doublethink. I feel. nevertheless. that the job is one of illiteracy. non Marxism. Therefore I enclose a little part to the Beadle Bumble Fund that I hope will be used to inscribe the Hanover County School Board in any first class of its pick. ” Although To Kill a Mockingbird is her lone published novel. Lee has been the receiver of many honorary grades. However. she has ever declined to do a address. To this twenty-four hours. To Kill a Mockingbird is still challenged in many different countries.