Reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird


Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960, and for over 50 years it was her only novel until Go Set a Watchman was released in 2015, a few months before her death. In the half century between the two novels, To Kill a Mockingbird won a Pulitzer Prize (1961), was adapted as an Academy Award winning movie (1962), and became a well acclaimed Broadway play (2018). It has been published in over 40 languages and sold over 40 million copies. Based on Lee’s childhood, the story has captured the hearts and minds of countless readers while not shying away from the reality of the times. Why does the story of Scout Finch, a young girl growing up in 1930s Alabama, still resonate with readers today? What lessons can we learn from her and her father Atticus Finch? We will explore these questions and others in the course.


Class Recordings:

Class 1 - October 6, 2023

Class 2 - October 13, 2023

Class 3 - October 20, 2023

Class 4 - October 27, 2023

Venue: online
Meets on: Fridays 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Starting: 10/6/2023
Sessions: 4
Class Size: 25
Teaching Style: Seminar
Weekly Preparation: 3 - 5 hours
Group Leader Biography:

Diane C. Thompson holds a MA in counseling psychology from Lesley University, an MLS in library science, an MFA in creative writing, and an MA in African American studies. She has over 15 years of experience as an adjunct writing instructor. This will be Diane's twelfth women's literature course for Beacon Hill Seminars.