Harper Lee of Monroeville, Ala., wrote just one book.
But what a book.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" was published in 1960 and in 1961 won the Pulitzer Prize for literature. In 1962, the late Gregory Peck played Atticus Finch, the small-town lawyer who defends a young black man accused of raping a young white woman, in the movie version. Peck won the Academy Award that year for his portrayal. Horton Foote also won an Oscar for writing the screenplay.
The reclusive Lee has been in the limelight in recent years. As Truman Capote's friend, confidante and researcher for his book, "In Cold Blood," Lee played a major role in two Capote biopics. Catherine Keener portrayed Lee in 2005's "Capote," while Sandra Bullock played Lee in 2006's "Infamous."
For the first time, the Springer Opera House will presents the stage version of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Directed by Springer associate artistic director and director of the Springer Theater Academy Ron Anderson, it opens tonight.
"It was the right time to do it," Anderson said. "There are still pockets of prejudice. We need to stop and remind ourselves of that.
"This is the story of a man and his children, raising them during the turmoil of racial strife in the 1930s."
For more about the production, read the story in Thursday's To Do.