To Kill a Mockingbird: Sublime or Simplistic?

Thumbnail image for ToKillMockingBird hc c.JPGHarper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel celebrates fifty years of publication on Sunday, but not everyone agrees on its literary merits.
 
Today on Q, author and journalist Allen Barra expounded on his recent Wall Street Journal column, and said it's time to stop pretending that the book ranks with the best of American literature.
 
Mary McDonagh Murphy, filmmaker and author of "Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird" disagreed, arguing that it is a masterpiece that continues to develop in complexity with each re-reading.
 
So what do you think? Is "To Kill a Mockingbird" a classic, or is it over-hyped and patronizing?
 
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