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- Full Title: To Kill a Mockingbird
- When Written: 1950-1960
- Where Written: New York City and Monroeville, Alabama
- When Published: 1960
- Literary Period: Modernism
- Genre: Coming-of-age novel (bildungsroman); social novel
- Setting: The fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression
- Climax: The trial of Tom Robinson; or when Bob Ewell attacks Scout and Jem
- Antagonist: Bob Ewell
- Point of View: First person; Scout is looking back at the events of the novel from some unspecified future time.
Descendant of General Lee. Harper Lee is actually a descendant of the famed Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
"Dill" Capote. The character of Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird is based on Harper Lee's real-life childhood friend, Truman Capote, who went on to become a national literary star in his own right, and wrote the bestselling true-crime book In Cold Blood.