It looks like LIFE is publishing a special edition magazine on To Kill a Mockingbird. Here’s an intro regarding the origins of the book.

There’s something to be said for book-origin stories. They make the impersonal personal. Somehow individuals create books which other individuals then read. In the meantime, the books transform thanks to the herald of society and they become commodities. Yet, they still contain ideas and meanings, almost as if publishing houses exist to bundle up minds and hearts and send them off to strangers for cherishing.

Image: “To Kill a Mockingbird Trailer,” 1962, Universal Pictures