May 1, 1961
Monroeville native Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The prize followed a long list of awards for the novel, which has sold more than 50 million copies to date. The 1962 film version of To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted by screenwriter Horton Foote, won three Academy Awards and was nominated for eight. In 2015, HarperCollins Publishers unexpectedly published an unrevised, early draft of “To Kill a Mockingbird” titled “Go Set a Watchmen,” which sold 720,000 copies in the first 36 hours of sales. An adaption of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is expected to open on Broadway later this year.
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