To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee’s Classic Of American Literature

Bard College

Joseph Luzzi (PhD, Yale) is the Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature and Faculty Member in Italian Studies at Bard College, and he taught previously at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in The New York Times, TLS, The London Times, the Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, and on National Public Radio. Dr. Luzzi’s awards include a Yale College Teaching Prize, Dante Society of America Essay Prize, and Wallace Fellowship at Villa I Tatti, Harvard’s Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. He is the author of five books and recently created The Virtual Book Club: an international community of readers dedicated to exploring major literary works past and present.



Why do so many consider Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird to be the “Great American Novel”? How does its brilliant treatment of race, justice, and American history – especially in the South – still make it so relevant today? And why was this extraordinary book the only major work of its reclusive author, Harper Lee, so much of whose life remains a mystery? Find out the answers to these and so much more as we continue our reading adventure in what promises to be an exciting new installment in the One Day University “Book Club”



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