Probably it is the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and itsprotagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism."The novel had an effect of a duel faced knife. It made her a remarkablewriter on the one hand and ended her career in putting her into the centre ofa very sensitive and oft dared-not to be spoken even by the most outspokensocial thinkers
of ‘Race and
on the other.
To Kill a Mockingbird
the mid-1950s, after moving to New Yorkto become a writer. She completed the novel in 1957 and published it, withrevisions, in 1960, just before the peak of the American civil rightsmovement.