The book “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee published in 1960. The novel is classified as a Southern and a Bildungsromann. It was instantly successful and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author’s observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. See the wikipedia article here –