In 1993, Lee penned a brief foreword to her book. In it she asks that future editions of To Kill a Mockingbird be spared critical introductions. “ Mockingbird, ” she writes, “still says what it has to say; it has managed to survive the years without preamble.” The book remains a staple of high school and college reading lists, beloved by millions of readers worldwide for its appealing depiction of childhood innocence, its scathing moral condemnation of racial prejudice, and its affirmation that human goodness can withstand the assault of evil.
The American Film Institute named Atticus Finch the greatest movie hero of the 20th century.  Additionally, the AFI ranked the movie second on their 100 Years... 100 Cheers list, behind It's a Wonderful Life .  The film was ranked number 34 on AFI's list of the 100 greatest movies of all time , but moved up to number 25 on the 10th Anniversary list .  In June 2008, the AFI revealed its " Ten top Ten "—the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. To Kill a Mockingbird was acknowledged as the best film in the courtroom drama genre.