What is the most accurate location of the buildings identified in To Kill a Mockingbird?I've looked at a map available on the Internet, but I just want to know if it is accurate.

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Michael Otis | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, describes the fictitious town of Maycomb with such verisimilitude, that after a few pages the reader feels as much a part of its streetscape as the characters who populate it. Creating a map of the town requires attention to the details of setting Lee herself provides in the description. The following examples from the text itself will provide all the directions the reader needs to create such a map: (1) "Maycomb, some twenty miles east of Finch's Landing, was the county seat of Maycomb County." From Atticus Finch's home, (2) "Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose's house, two doors to the north …" (3) "… the Radley Place three doors to the south." (4) "Jem and I heard something next door in Miss Rachel Haverford's collard patch." (5) "The Radley place jutted into a sharp curve beyond our house. Walking south, one faced its front porch; the sidewalk turned and ran beside the lot." (6) "The Maycomb school grounds adjoined the back of the Radley lot." (7) "… the longer he would stand hugging the lightpole on the corner." (8) "They left the corner, crossed the side street that ran in front of the Radley house, and stopped at the gate." (9) "Jem and I were leavin’...He pointed across the street. At first we saw nothing but a kudzu-covered front porch, but a closer inspection revealed an arc of water descending from the leaves and splashing in the yellow circle of the streetlight,..." (10) "Cecil Jacobs, who lived at the far end of our street next door to the post office, walked a total of one mile per school day to avoid the Radley place and old Mrs. Lafayette Dubose." (11) "Every Christmas Uncle Jack yelled across the street to Miss Maudie to come marry him." (12) "We leaped over the wall that separated Miss Rachel's yard from our driveway." (13) "Mr. Avery boarded across the street from Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose's house." (14) "We ran across the schoolyard, crawled under the fence to the Deer's Pasture behind their house, climbed our back fence, and were at the back steps [of our house] …" (15) "Mrs. Dubose lived alone except for a Negro girl in constant attendance, two doors up the street from us in a house with steep front and a dog-trot hall."     

 

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