Is "To Kill a Mockingbird" historical fiction?

Question:

Is "To Kill a Mockingbird" historical fiction?

To Kill a Mockingbird:

To Kill a Mockingbird was the first novel written by American author Harper Lee. First published in 1960, the book received the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. It was Lee's only published novel until Go Set a Watchman was published in 2015.

Answer and Explanation:

To Kill a Mockingbird is generally not considered to be historical fiction, but it is right on the borderline. The book was set in 1936, which was 24 years prior to the date the novel was published. In order for a book to be considered historical fiction, it needs to be set about 25-30 years or more prior to the date the story is written. To Kill a Mockingbird is right on the borderline of the 'historical fiction' definition and, as a result, is sometimes identified as historical fiction and other times is not.


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