FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE RAREST OF AMERICAN CLASSICS, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, INSCRIBED BY HARPER LEE IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION
LEE, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia and New York: J.B. Lippincott, (1960). Octavo, original half green cloth, brown paper boards, original dust jacket.
First edition, third printing, of Lee's cherished masterpiece—"the Huckleberry Finn of the 20th century"— inscribed by the author in the year of publication: "To ———, with my best wishes, Harper Lee, September 17, 1960."
Lee's indelible depiction of life in a small Alabama town during the Jim Crow era immediately became a bestseller, quickly established itself on required reading lists in classrooms across the country, and was honored with the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It was "the Huckleberry Finn of the 20th century," declared biographer Charles Shields: "It holds up an ideal of tolerance and compassion that was laudable and very teachable." Novelist Scott Turow reflected on the book's significance after Lee's death in 2016: "To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those works of popular literature that was like a divining rod pointing to then-subterranean forces of change… It is also a beautiful book, with a charming voice, perfect characterization and a knowledge that permeates every syllable… Ms. Lee remains an enigmatic figure, but [To Kill a Mockingbird] will be an intimate part of our lives for a long, long time to come" (New York Times). Stated third impression, in stated third printing dust jacket. New York Public Library's Books of the Century, 201.
Book fine, dust jacket extremely good with shallow chipping to spine ends, a bit of soiling and wear to rear panel. Near-fine condition.