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Atticus Finch

Gregory Peck's Children Mark Centenary In Rome, Praising Dad's Integrity

Juliet Linley | Posted 10.21.2016 | Entertainment
Juliet Linley

"Our dad loved Rome, felt at home in Rome, and it was like a homecoming every time he returned," says Anthony Peck, as he and his sister Cecilia spend...

What Atticus Finch Taught Me About Feminism

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 02.22.2016 | Women

The first time I ever picked up To Kill A Mockingbird, I was six years old and going through my mother's schoolbag. She was getting her Bachelor's deg...

Remembering Scout, The Real Hero Of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.20.2016 | Arts

The deeply influential and remarkably private author Harper Lee died yesterday, and readers responded with touching reflections on her life and work. ...

12 Times Harper Lee's Words Stopped Us In Our Tracks

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.19.2016 | Arts

Harper Lee, the beloved American writer best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89 in her hometo...

Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Of 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' Dies At 89

The Huffington Post | Hayley Miller | Posted 02.22.2016 | Arts

Celebrated American writer Harper Lee, best known for penning the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89. The c...

Be it Resolved That Our Congress Members ...

Byron Williams | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Byron Williams

So I wish to propose a New Year's resolution for members of Congress ex post facto. The resolution is simple: I propose that each member of Congress (House and Senate) spend time with another member in 2016 who holds a different social and political viewpoint.

Re-Introducing Harper Lee and the Real Atticus Finch

Michael Schulder | Posted 12.06.2015 | Books
Michael Schulder

Shields became insanely curious about Harper Lee during the 17 years he spent teaching To Kill A Mockingbird to high school freshmen. This is where his curiosity led.

I Don't Think Atticus Would Like It

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 11.05.2015 | Arts
Bil Hitchcock

Monroeville, AL, home of Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird, has produced a staging of the story, in the original courthouse and area upon which it was based... for the last 28 years.

I Yam What I Yam, Ms. Brene Brown: In Strong Defense Of Atticus Finch

Margaret Hession | Posted 10.02.2016 | Books
Margaret Hession

Right now, those who hate Atticus Finch don't hate him because he's racist. They dislike him because he's imperfect and because he signals to them and us, mirror-wise, that we are imperfect too. Where is our false perfected idol gone?

Atticus Finch as Racist Bigot: 'More Human'?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.31.2016 | Books
Carla Seaquist

As all the world knows by now, the characterization of Atticus has been damaged, if not destroyed, by the revelation in Ms. Lee's newly published novel, Go Set a Watchman.

The Liberation of Atticus Finch

Byron Williams | Posted 08.20.2016 | Books
Byron Williams

But Watchman reveals a truth central to the human condition: None of us are as moral as the ideals we embrace, not even Atticus Finch. There is perhaps no better example than Thomas Jefferson.

Still Setting the Watchman

Barbara Stark-Nemon | Posted 08.13.2016 | Books
Barbara Stark-Nemon

Here are five reasons I still think Go Set a Watchman is important, worth reading and if not a great and enduring literary event, then at least a very interesting one.

The Cosmic Mashup of Atticus Finch, Michael Brown and Bernie Sanders

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

Little ironies and coincidences always amuse me. As I scanned my social media feeds this weekend, the juxtaposition of posts about Harper Lee's latest release with those about Michael Brown, and Bernie Sanders versus #BlackLivesMatter seemed like some sort of cosmic salvo.

Even Harper Lee Isn't Allowed To Ruin Mockingbird

Eric Mink | Posted 08.05.2016 | Books
Eric Mink

Protecting the transcendent magic of To Kill A Mockingbird is now the responsibility of the middle school and high school teachers who will introduce the work to new generations of readers. I'll tap into the novel's optimism for the future and say I'm hopeful the teachers will succeed.

Reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" as an Adult

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.02.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

Flannery O'Connor damned the novel with pretty faint praise when it came out: "I think for a child's book it does all right." That seems unduly harsh (and unfair to YA literature). What works best for me as an adult reader is the slow accretion of local color, the barbed social comedy, and the graceful prose.

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2016 | 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 opi...

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

Emily Hay | Posted 07.31.2016 | 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 07.30.2016 | 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 07.23.2016 | 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 07.20.2016 | 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 07.21.2016 | 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. But Har...

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2016 | 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 07.20.2016 | 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 title to its final w...