J. B. Lippincott publishes the Pulitzer Prize–winning To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, one of the most influential books on race in America, which goes on to sell more than 40 million copies.


Although she was born in Monroeville, Alabama (the real-life counterpart to Maycomb in To Kill A Mockingbird), at age 23, Harper Lee moved to New York City to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer—click here to listen to an audio excerpt from the HarperCollins NYC Author Audio Tour about how this helped her develop as a writer.