Few books have such universal appeal as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a favorite among even those who claimed to hate reading in high school. Among the literati, it remains a legend. Scout Finch’s coming-of-age story interlaced with the story of her father’s legal crucible speaks to anyone who’s had to wrangle with siblings. Anyone who’s ever psyched up to face the neighborhood spook house. And anyone who’s ever had to face life’s injustices and decide how she will stand among mankind.
Not to mention some of the best courtroom drama ever to grace the silver screen. Gregory Peck plays an impeccable embodiment of Atticus Finch, bringing the icon admired by generations of lawyers to life as he takes on the toughest criminal defense case of his life.
So when the news hit that Harper Lee would be releasing her new book Go Set a Watchman, the world breathed a collective gasp. Ms. Lee, now 88, never penned another novel, and she has lived a cloistered life for several decades.
The surprise prompted a doctor friend of Ms. Lee’s to request an investigation by the Alabama Securities Commission and the Alabama Department of Human Services. Elder abuse poses an ever-present threat; thieves and con artists are notorious for preying upon the vulnerable, particularly the elderly. Ms. Lee, however, seems very aware of her commitment. She is more than competent enough to publish another novel. That’s good news for those who’ve waited years to have another glimpse into the intricacies of human nature.
Ms. Lee first presented a version Go Set a Watchman to her publishers in the 1950s, but they told her to instead write a novel from the viewpoint of one of the characters. Hence, the origins of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Ms. Lee’s new insights into humanity and civil rights emerge once again at a pivotal point in America’s history. With proponents advocating for women, the LGBT community, and immigrants (to name a few) alongside the recent collective outcry against institutional racism, this July seems like the perfect time to revisit the lessons of To Kill a Mockingbird…and perhaps ruminate again on how “there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”
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