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On July 11, 1960, To Kill A Mockingbird was published to immediate success -- winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961 and the Quill Award for Audio Book in 2007. Nelle Harper Lee’s inspiration for writing this extraordinary, and controversial, book came from her own childhood. When Lee was 10-years-old, she witnessed a white woman falsely accuse Tom Robinson, a black man, of rape. Lee’s father owned one of the newspapers covering the trial. The trial ended with the jury verdict ruling Tom as guilty and putting an innocent man in prison. To date, the book has sold more than 40 million copies.