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Atticus Finch

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

"Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts." -- E. B. White Prejudice is described as an unfavorable o...

Growing Up: The Transition From To Kill a Mockingbird to Go Set a Watchman

Emily Hay | Posted 07.31.2015 | Teen
Emily Hay

Go set a Watchman is about growing up and realizing that your own parents are no more than flawed human beings too, learning how to stand by your own values -- set your own watchman if you will -- and still be able to live alongside those you disagree with.

Five Reasons to Read Go Set a Watchman

Loretta Bolger Wish | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Loretta Bolger Wish

Whatever its flaws, editors saw enough potential in Watchman to help cherry-pick its flashbacks and fashion them into To Kill a Mockingbird. Nothing can diminish that masterpiece. Not even the more modest work that formed its foundation.

Deconstructing Atticus Finch: In Praise of Monroe Freedman

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
Bennett L. Gershman

Nobody is perfect, not even Atticus Finch. But to a generation of readers -- including lawyers -- the Atticus Finch portrayed in Harper Lee's just-published novel "Go Set a Watchman" is not the Atticus Finch of Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird. "

Go Set A Watchman: A Lesson on Inclusion in the Literary Industry

Deborah Plummer | Posted 07.21.2015 | Books
Deborah Plummer

As a multicultural society, we can no longer afford segregation in the publishing industry comprised of select gatekeepers who define the literary landscape based on their worldview. Words create worlds and the literary industry should represent a much broader one.

Atticus Finch, Representative American

David S. Reynolds | Posted 07.21.2015 | Black Voices
David S. Reynolds

Even America's most admirable people were products of their respective cultures. We can learn from their repugnant moments, just as the older Atticus can serve as an example not to follow. But we should treasure the moments when these figures transcended their times and stood for democracy in the broadest sense.

Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman' Sales Hit 1.1 Million

Associated Press | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Critics dismissed it as a rough draft for "To Kill a Mockingbird" and readers despaired over an aging, racist Atticus Finch. Bu...

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Irene Monroe

For those who prefer Scout's hagiographic depiction of her father, then Jean Louise's Atticus you don't want to know. Harper Lee's new portrait of Atticus will undoubtedly reopen discussion about race and Atticus's hero status in "Mockingbird."

The Art of the First Draft

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A few years ago, a film historian unearthed what he claimed was the only existing copy of the first version of John Cassavetes' film, Shadows. He ultimately was told to cease and desist because he had no right to the film.

Harper Lee's 'Watchmen' Infused With Religious Symbolism

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.18.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Harper Lee’s “new” book “Go Set a Watchman” is infused with religious life and Christian moral argument, from its...

Atticus Has Left the Building

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

With people spray-painting rebukes on statues of John C. Calhoun and Robert E. Lee across the South, who would have thought the first icon to be pulled off his pedestal would be Atticus Finch?

I Need to Believe In (the Original) Atticus Finch

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
The University of Central Florida Forum

I created Atticus Finch? I never saw the film, but whatever. Of course, I created him. We all did. Lee's character Atticus is no longer hers. He's all of ours now.

It's Time to Go Set a Watchman

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Entertainment
Kate Oberdorfer

There is no such thing as Atticus Finch. That is the hard truth that I took away from the Tuesday sunrise I spent with Harper Lee's highly anticipate...

The Fall of Atticus Finch

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 07.16.2015 | Books
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel and all of us should have remembered that. Novelists get to create the world that they want. Atticus was a fictional character but we needed him to be different.

Harper Lee's New Book: Young Atticus Finch and the Super Hot Vampire Society

Spencer Green | Posted 07.16.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"Ms. Lee--or, as her family and friends call her, Ms. Lee--wanted to try her hand at a novel that would appeal more directly to younger audiences," says Colton LaFenrois, a publicist for Random Del Collins House.

Atticus Finch and the Emanuel Nine

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 07.15.2015 | Books
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I haven't even cracked open my brand-new copy of Go Set a Watchman. But already I've got opinions. I was wondering, what made Harper Lee put aside this original manuscript and rewrite it as To Kill a Mockingbird? Was the writing inferior in the original version?

America Deserves A Racist Atticus Finch

MaryAnn McKibben Dana | Posted 07.14.2015 | Books
MaryAnn McKibben Dana

I don't delight in such a portrayal of Atticus, and will likely read the book with a sick feeling. But I suspect 2015 America needs this Atticus. I'll be reading the book, not as a novel, but as an historical document. Go Set a Watchman will give us a glimpse into our own soul as a nation.

Atticus Finch Meets Black Lives Matter

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

It is my religious faith, and the practices of the traditions I inherit and claim as an Asian-American, Anglican Christian, by which I mean a faith rooted in historical realities, which compels me to confront my complacency.

The Emergency Book Club Reads 'To Kill A Mockingbird' For The First Time

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts

Claire: Welcome to our first meeting of Emergency Book Club, the book club for literary critics who rarely plan more than three days in advance for se...

What Will Readers Make Of A Bigoted Atticus Finch?

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts

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Atticus And Me

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 07.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When I heard about Go Set a Watchman, a sort of sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, being released I was ecstatic. But this weekend, when the first chapter was released, my heart ached a bit. Because, as it turns out, Atticus Finch might not be such a hero after all.

Maybe You Should Re-Read 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Before You Read 'Go Set A Watchman'

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 07.12.2015 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

In Go Set a Watchman, the novel Harper Lee wrote two years before she wrote To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is light years from the saint of "Mockingbird." And that has readers who have cherished To Kill a Mockingbird upset. Worse, really. More like unhinged.

Harper Lee's New Novel Features A Racist Atticus Finch

AP | By HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 07.12.2015 | Books

NEW YORK (AP) — Harper Lee's unexpected new novel offers an unexpected and startling take on an American literary saint, Atticus Finch. ...

In Harper Lee's ‘Go Set A Watchman' Atticus Finch Defends Jim Crow

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 07.10.2015 | Books

Ever since the announcement in February that a second novel by Harper Lee had been found among her papers, untold numbers of readers have been countin...

What Did Atticus Finch Think of the Civil Rights Movement?

Richard H. McAdams | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Richard H. McAdams

As with the recent film Selma, Watchman will acquaint or reacquaint Americans with the nation's long struggle for civil rights. As Selma prompted renewed attention to LBJ, Harper Lee's new book will rekindle the debate over Atticus Finch. Those who revere him may have to reassess his heroic status.