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Atticus Finch

Atticus Finch as Racist Bigot: 'More Human'?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.31.2015 | 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 08.20.2015 | 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 08.13.2015 | 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 08.10.2015 | 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 08.05.2015 | 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 08.03.2015 | 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 07.31.2015 | 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...