Was Harper Lee Our Most Influential Novelist? – Daily Beast

Quite possibly, since for several decades it is hard, if not impossible, to avoid To Kill a Mockingbird when you make your way through the American school system. (This is the one factor working against the novel, since one of the singular traits of adolescence is the kneejerk willingness to despise anything we are required to read, listen to, look at, or learn.) It is one of the first adult novels we read, and so it has an outsized ability to define fiction for us ever after: this is what a novel looks like, this is how it works.

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