"To Kill a Mockingbird" is a classic novel by Harper Lee, published in 1960. It is set in the Deep South during the 1930s and follows the story of Scout Finch, a young girl whose father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer defending a black man falsely accused of rape. The book is known for its portrayal of racial injustice and its themes of prejudice, tolerance, and morality. It has been highly praised for its portrayal of the moral growth of its characters, as well as its portrayal of small-town Southern life. It has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, and has been widely taught in schools. It is considered a classic of modern American literature.