Harper Lee passed away today.
In surveys asking which book every “civilized person” should read, her Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill A Mockingbird consistently is ranked either first or second, at least among Americans.
What did critics think when the book was first published in 1960? The University Library’s subscription to the historical New York Times database allows us to see the first two Times reviews of the novel, one by Frank Lyell and one by Herbert Mitgang. As Lyell writes, “it could be the basis of an excellent film.”
Among the printed copies in Leyburn Library is a non-circulating first edition, housed in Special Collections as part of the Roger Mudd Collection.