Harper Lee’s New Book Intrigue
I continue to be intrigued by the hubbub surrounding the publication of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. The comments have not stopped, nor has the writing about the subject. I’ve been following a few conversations on Facebook – folks going back and forth on the racism of both Lee and her character Atticus Finch. More folks going back and forth on whether or not they’ll even read the book. Some think the book and its discovery are fraudulent. Some think the works are revelatory and must be read in tandem. Others – there are may others – don’t want a heroic vision of Finch marred by any new subject matter. Others… well, you get the picture.
I just came across a new piece in, of all things, Boston University’s BU Today – published daily at the university. The article is an interview with a Southern literature scholar at BU. He has some intriguing thoughts on the subject. BU Interview Sent me back in a hunt for other articles. Here’s one on a Harper Lee letter and its auction, and an interview with the letter’s new owner. She would fit right in with the Facebook conversations. Entertainment article And if you missed it, some good reporting from The New York Times on the book and its history New York Times article. And of course a New York Times review – a very good one, if you ask me. New York Times Review.
Ah, let the controversy/conversation continue.