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'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird'. A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.
Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much
Harper Lee (哈波‧李)，1926年4月28日出生於阿拉巴馬州蒙羅維爾鎮的一個律師家庭，她的童年好友之一就是名作家楚曼‧卡波堤（《第凡內早餐》作者），兩人精采的童年生活，活靈活現地寫入她唯一出版的小說《梅岡城故事》中。