The National Endowment for the Arts is encouraging all of us to read or re-read Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, that presents the Jim Crow south through the eyes of a young girl. Gary Edgerton (Old Dominion University) and Ted McCosky ( Radford University) explain why the film that came out just two years after the novel is still considered iconic and beloved. Ed Weathers (Virginia Tech) says that the book was the last great work of literature concerned with our legal system.

Also: Mary Badham, the actress who portrayed Scout in the film, talks with Sarah McConnell about the importance of reading, and Charles Shields tells us about writing the first and only biography of Harper Lee.

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