By the numbers: 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Harper Lee Dies at 89
Harper Lee Dies at 89


On Friday morning, the world learned of the passing of Harper Lee, the beloved author of one of the most influential books in American history, To Kill a Mockingbird.

One of two books that Lee had published (the other, Go Set a Watchman, hit stores last July), To Kill a Mockingbird both broke readers' hearts and filled them, all while making record-breaking history in so many regards.

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In honor of Lee's life and revolutionary (a word that doesn't even do her work justice) novel, we've laid out a by the numbers guide for you with all the stats you need to know about Mockingbird's success.

As Lee wrote herself amongst the pages of her famed novel:

Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts.


Remove all of the praise and critical claim that devours Mockingbird and you're left with the numbers below--numbers that speak for themselves.

Thank you, Ms. Lee. You will be sorely missed.

750K-1M:

Estimated number of copies of To Kill a Mockingbird sold each year

40M:

Estimated number of copies of To Kill a Mockingbird that have been sold to date

2-4K:

Number of copies that To Kill a Mockingbird was originally estimated to sell in total

1964:

Year that Harper Lee stopped giving press interviews

1962:

Year that the To Kill a Mockingbird movie was released, starring Gregory Peck and Robert Duvall

1961:

Year that Harper Lee won a Pulitzer Prize for To Kill a Mockingbird

1960:

Year that To Kill a Mockingbird was published

89:

Harper Lee's age when she passed away

40:

Number of languages that To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated to today

10:

Number of languages that To Kill a Mockingbird was translated to during its first year

3:

Number of Academy Awards that the To Kill a Mockingbird movie won

3:

Number of Golden Globes that the To Kill a Mockingbird movie won

2.5:

Number of years that it took Harper Lee to write To Kill a Mockingbird


And just for kicks:

1:

To Kill a Mockingbird's ranking by an organization of British librarians on a list of books that everyone should read before they die

2:

The ranking of The Bible on that same list

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