Gregory Peck and Harper Lee on the set of To Kill a Mockingbird.
To Kill a Mockingbird is no sermon. Its lessons are presented in effortless style, tackling the complexity of race issues with startling clarity and a strong sense of reality.
President George W. Bush awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Harper Lee in 2007.
Why the death of Harper Lee is bigger news than the deaths of many major writers.
Atticus is not who we thought he was – but maybe who we thought he was was wrong.
Atticus Finch, we learn in Go Set a Watchman, once attended a Ku Klux Klan meeting, and welcomes pro-segregation speakers at local council meetings. But is he really so different to the man we know from To Kill a Mockingbird?
Already having baby-naming regret? Don’t worry – look to the past for alternative role models.
Still of Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Universal Pictures
Some parents have been horrified to discover that, in Harper Lee’s new book, Atticus Finch – long admired as a paragon of virtue – is a racist. Why? Because their kids are named after him. So, what now?
Despite receiving mixed reviews, Go Set a Watchman was the most pre-ordered book in publisher HarperCollins’ history.
The novel's two main characters represent the constitutional conundrum that many Americans grappled with in the pre-civil rights era.
Lee’s long-awaited second novel.
Lee's second novel is an angrier, more disillusioned, and more obviously political work than her classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Many readers have responded with outrage to the notion that Atticus Finch might be racist.
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As a historical document, Watchman is a fascinating read. It gives us valuable insight into how America prefers to remember its history of racism.
Anyone who thought Go Set a Watchman would solve the ‘delicious mystery’ of Harper Lee was dreaming.
Talk of a possible third book to follow this week's release of Go Set a Watchman suggests the 'delicious mystery' of Harper Lee will continue for years to come. So what basis is there for the rumours?
The Atticus of To Kill a Mockingbird and the ‘new’ Atticus of Go Set a Watchman come across as caricatures in today’s context.
The hoopla surrounding the novel's release is misguided; after all, how much power could a novel written 50 years ago wield in today's charged environment?
What does the opening chapter of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman tell us about what’s to come?
Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee, is one of the most anticipated follow-ups in history, to be published next week after a 55-year hiatus. So what does the opening chapter prime us to expect?
Harper Lee, pictured circa 1962, has announced a return to the literary world.
By now there can be few people who don’t know Harper Lee’s supposedly long-lost manuscript, Go Set a Watchman, will be published in July. It will be the first book published by Lee since To Kill a Mockingbird…
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush in 2007.
The announcement of the upcoming publication of Go Set a Watchman – a sequel to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird actually written before the famous novel – has, not surprisingly, set off a flurry of…
Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman, will have a more adult centre of gravity.
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, has sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, and was voted The Greatest Novel of All Time in a London Daily Telegraph poll of 2008…