To Kill a Mockingbird…Great Literature or Not?

This summer marks the 50 anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Required reading in just about every high school, the focus of One Book New Jersey several years ago, and endlessly used as book club fodder. But is it really a great work of fiction? According to Wall Street Journal reporter, Allan Barra, no. He claims that the book is overrated and has no real meat, that “at the end of the book, we know exactly what we knew at the beginning: that Atticus Finch is a good man, that Tom Robinson was an innocent victim of racism, and that lynching is bad.”

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