Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” was published on July 11 exactly 60 years ago. It’s never been out of print. I still find myself returning to my paperback edition from 1962.
It’s the rare person, of course, who doesn’t remember Atticus Finch leaving the trial of Tom Robinson as the succinct words of Rev. Sykes are spoken to the lawyer’s daughter, Scout, in the balcony of the Maycomb County courthouse after the jury’s misguided verdict: “Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’.”