iOS app Android app

Harper Lee

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. "

What if it's not About Atticus?

Kristine Holmgren | Posted 07.23.2015 | Books
Kristine Holmgren

If you are reluctant to read Watchman because you love Atticus, get over yourself. This best-seller is not about an old, white man. It's about a strong, iconoclastic, brilliant woman -- powerful and caring.

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...

Go Set a Watchman: A Review

Jessica Denis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Jessica Denis

There are so many amazing quotes from this book regarding social inequality and justice, picking from them isn't exactly an easy task. One being, "Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends."

The "Mockingbird" That Might Have Hatched -- But Didn't. A review of "Go Set a Watchman"

Chris Bohjalian | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Chris Bohjalian

Enormous changes? You bet. But not unheard of in the evolution of many novels. I have made edits to drafts of my own work every bit as dramatic. Exhibit A? "The Double Bind" was originally a first person novel. Exhibit B? There was no courtroom drama in my earliest pages of "Midwives."

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?

Harper Lee's Complex Heroes

Tom Morris | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
Tom Morris

There's almost too much to talk about in the new book Go Set a Watchman. I loved it, then I hated it, and then I loved it again. Finally, I went away deeply impressed by the way it raises fundamental social, political and personal issues of a philosophical nature.

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 a Turnip-Size Bigot

Johnathan Wilber | Posted 07.16.2015 | Books
Johnathan Wilber

If Mockingbird was about the rule of law and justice, about community and equality, Watchman tackles something even more intractable: the prejudice we find in those we love.

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.

Go Set a Watchman: A Draft, Not a Novel

Mary Alice Franklin | Posted 07.16.2015 | Books
Mary Alice Franklin

The first manuscript remained in stasis until it was re-discovered and published as-was-found. According to Andreadis, "Harper Lee wanted to have the novel published exactly as it was written, without editorial intervention"; though, she has not re-read the novel since its re-discovery.

'Go Set A Watchman' Feels Like A Fanfic You Never Expected To Read

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.16.2015 | Arts

White parents are crestfallen. High school English teachers befuddled. American literature buffs horrified. The publication of Harper Lee’s...

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?

Atticus Finch Is Not a Racist

Galanty Miller | Posted 07.15.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

It's unfair to critique an unread literary work. For all I know, Go Set a Watchman is a brilliant piece of fiction. So I won't criticize the novel itself. But nor will I read it... unless they release it in comic book form and add Batman into the story. I'm just not that interested.

Here’s Why You Should Read 'Go Set A Watchman'

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts

“All men are not created equal,” Atticus Finch announces. He’s pacing in a court room, nobly addressing a jury that’s not inc...

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.

Innocence and Experience: Nelle Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Go Set A Watchman

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.14.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Not all succeed. Nelle Lee, publishing as Harper, has now done so twice: first, with To Kill A Mockingbird, its sales in the hundreds of millions already; and now, with Go Set A Watchman, the presale orders for which have smashed prior records to bits.

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

(function(){var src_url="http://embed.live.huffingtonpost.com/HPLEmbedPlayer/?segmentId=55a42380fe3444e2d900061b&sid=577&showPlaylist=true&au...