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Listen to Reese Witherspoon reading Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman

The Oscar-winning actress reads an extract from the new book from the author of To Kill A Mockingbird<p>Read the first chapter<br>• Follow all the reaction and commentary live<br>• Review: A beguiling journey into the past<br>• Share your first impressions of Go Set A Watchman<p>The unabridged Go Set A Watchman audiobook, …

Listen to Reese Witherspoon Narrate the First Chapter of Harper Lee's New Novel, Go Set a Watchman

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Go Set a Watchman: 'Scout' actor reads from Harper Lee novel – live stream

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10 Beautiful Lines From Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman

<i>Go Set A Watchman</i> finally hits shelves on Tuesday, and after months of anticipation, <i>To Kill A Mockingbird</i> devotees are ready to get their hands on …

What the Debate Over Harper Lee’s Two Atticuses Reveals About Our Literary Culture

Close your eyes a moment and try to picture Atticus Finch. If, like me, you haven’t read Harper Lee’s <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i> in years, you probably see …

The key differences between Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman

Go Set A Watchman – the much-anticipated follow-up to Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird – went on sale on July 14, and bookshops …

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee review – a literary curiosity

Is Lee’s companion piece to the classic Mockingbird worth the wait?<p>The main thing you need to know about <i>Go Set a Watchman</i> (a title derived from Isaiah 21:6) is that its author, Harper Lee, was born in Monroeville, Alabama, in 1926 and lives there still, blind, deaf and 89. More than her one …

Harper Lee's 'Watchmen' Infused With Religious Symbolism

(RNS) Harper Lee’s “new” book “Go Set a Watchman” is infused with religious life and Christian moral argument, from its title to its final words.<p>It’s also a book with splashes of humor, enough Victorian poetry references to send readers scrambling for a Norton Anthology, and Bible allusions as the …

Atticus Finch Confronted What the South Couldn't

While there are many noble characters in the pantheon of Southern fiction, few have the iconic standing of Harper Lee’s Atticus Finch. Since the …

Re-Introducing Harper Lee and the Real Atticus Finch

It was a first draft. <i>Go Set A Watchman</i>, which sold a record-breaking million-plus copies when it was published in July, and this week won the Goodreads Choice Awards of 2015 for fiction, was, essentially, Harper Lee's first draft of her American classic <i>To Kill A Mockingbird</i>.<p>In <i>Go Set A Watchman</i>, …

The Man Who Helped Make Harper Lee

Maurice Crain was a literary agent, a Southerner, and a personal friend to the reclusive author. And, as I learned from his letters to my grandfather, he was a champion for writers in the 1960s whose small-town settings were falling out of fashion.<p>The day the news broke of the forthcoming …

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Harper Lee: The Sadness of a Sequel

The announcement that the author will publish a new novel is thrilling to fans—but also contradicts what the author has long said she wants.<p>Nelle Harper Lee, born in Monroeville, Alabama in the spring of 1926, was named, in a roundabout way, after her grandmother: “Nelle” is “Ellen” spelled …

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How Harper Lee's Long-Lost Sequel Was Found

An interview with the publisher of Go Set A Watchman, the recently-discovered follow-up of To Kill A Mockingbird<p>When Harper Lee's lawyer and close friend, Tonja Carter, went combing through the secure archive near the author's Alabama home last fall, she only intended to check on the condition of …

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The Tribune's 1960 review of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

<i>On July 17, 1960, the Chicago Tribune published its review of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The original headline called it an “Engrossing First Novel of Rare Excellence.” Here is the review in its entirety.</i><p>YEARS AGO a friend of mine told me about his private test for fiction. When he was …

Harper Lee Fast Facts

<b>(CNN) —</b> Here's a look at the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee, who wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird," a coming of age story about two children who learn about racism and acceptance in the 1930s Deep South.<p><b>Personal:</b><b><br>Birth date:</b> April 28, 1926<p><b>Death date:</b> February 19, 2016<p><b>Birth place:</b> …

Oprah Pays Tribute To Harper Lee, Her 'First Favorite Author'

"She said, 'Honey, I already said everything I had to say.'"<p>Oprah joined the countless literary fans mourning the loss of <i>To Kill A Mockingbird</i> author Harper Lee, who died on Friday at age 89. In a tweet, Oprah called Lee her "first favorite author."<p>Though the famously reclusive author chose not to …

Harper Lee on why books matter: "Some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal"

Harper Lee died on Friday at the age of 89.<p>When we remember Lee, we'll inevitably look at her life's masterpiece, <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>. It's an essential book that generations of Americans have read. But it's also so much more than just the words Lee put on the page and the characters she created. …

Harper Lee dead: Gregory Peck looks back on To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper Lee, who died Thursday at 89, gained fame for her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novel <i>To Kill A Mockingbird</i>, which became a film in 1962. …

Harper Lee: she allowed readers to understand civil rights

Had <b>the American novelist Harper Lee’s death</b> been announced this time last year, many would have expressed mild surprise, and added that they thought she’d died much earlier. Nothing had been heard from her publicly for decades. She had written only one book, published in 1960. That book, To Kill a …

The Measure Of Harper Lee: A Life Shaped By A Towering Text

Peering back across Harper Lee's life, it can seem impossible to distinguish the novelist from her masterpiece, <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>. Lee died at the age of 89 in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala., on Friday morning — yet it's clear that her legacy will live on much longer than that, through her …

Why Harper Lee kept her silence for 55 years

<i>Harper Lee has died only a few months after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird's long-shelved prequel, Go Set a Watchman (2015). This</i> <i>article, originally published in 2011, asks why Harper Lee was so burdened by her early success.</i><p>The professional lives of most novelists closely resemble each …

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The Legendary Friendship of Harper Lee and Truman Capote

Long before Harper Lee and Truman Capote gained literary fame for <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i> and <i>In Cold Blood</i>, their respective midcentury masterpieces, …

What Is Harper Lee's Legacy After Go Set a Watchman?

In 1960, with the publication of her first novel, the Alabama-born Harper Lee taught a country of rapt readers that to kill a mockingbird was a sin.</i> …

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After a school banned ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Harper Lee wrote this incredible letter

Part of Lee's notoriety comes from anecdotes of her bold nature and unwillingness to succumb to those to believed her novel to be too controversial.<p>One favorite story comes from a 1966 local paper called the Richmond News Leader. When the nearby Hanover County School Board voted unanimously to ban …

Did Go Set a Watchman spoil Harper Lee's literary legacy?

When Go Set a Watchman came out last summer, the dominant mood was disappointment. Of course, it had been a troubled book from the moment it was announced, coming in the midst of a growing tempest about Harper Lee’s health and capacities. For quite a long time before the book appeared, journalists …

How Harper Lee Rocked the World

Harper Lee, who died Friday at 89, made her greatest contribution to the culture early; she was 34 when she published <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>, her …

“She wasn’t really a recluse”: Rare video shows a warm and friendly side to Harper Lee

When discussing the late, great Harper Lee, who <i></i>died on Feb. 19, most seem to use the word “reclusive.” The <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i> author rarely granted interviews (she turned down Oprah: “Honey, I already said everything I had to say”) and Time magazine even named her to its Top 10 Most Reclusive …

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In Harper Lee's hometown, tributes and odes echo author's private life

The sorrow, like everything in this small Alabama town, is more complicated than it first appears.<p>Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird author, dies aged 89<p>Read more<p>Harper Lee’s great book, To Kill a Mockingbird, was arguably the defining American novel of the 20th century. In a story accessible even …