RIP Atticus Finch ? What happened? ('To Kill a Mockingbird' new book)

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Racism of Atticus Finch in ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Could Alter Harper Lee’s Legacy

Perhaps the Atticus Finch we knew only existed in the eyes of Scout as little girl?

First chapter of ‘Go Set a Watchman’ In text and audio book.

Anyone else plan to read To Kill a Mockingbird again or watch the movie again? Movie links (streaming)

Who’s that guy? LOL

Attica who?

Don’t understand what you are trying to say. Amasa Coleman Lee died in 1962 and Gregory Peck died in 2003.

Harper Lee published her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” on july 11th 1960. It is about a small-town lawyer, Atticus Finch, who is appointed by the judge to defend a black man who has been accused of raping a white woman. It’s a book about racial injustice, and has never been out of print since the original publication.
Apart from the bible, this is the book people say you should read in this lifetime.
July 14th 2015 is the date set to publish the book “To Set a Watchman”, which is by many people considered to be a follow-up to the “Mockingbird” (but was actually written before it). This book portraits Atticus Finch as a racist. So a lot of people who “know” the first Atticus Finch are shocked.

(PS. just some clarification to the rest of the population of this planet).

OK, know about “To Kill a Mockingbird”, didn’t know about “To Set a Watchman”.

Now is a good time to buy some Pfizer stock because Preparation H sales have to be going through the roof with all the butthurt people crying about books and flags. :wink:

Thanks. I din’t know about “To Set a Watchman” either. I think I have to buy it being such a Mockingbird fan.

I think that I knew that “The idealized Atticus we knew only exsisted in Scout’s eyes,” but it was a beautiful view of the world.

I find it quite bizarre and amusing at how people react to fictional characters. When someone says “woah, can you believe this about Atticus Finch”; I kind of think well, yeah, he’s fictional - so if Harper Lee wrote that Atticus Finch stood up in court and suddenly transformed into a sea-dwelling giant man-serpent with three heads, orange skin and rainbow spots who devoured the entire jury, well then Atticus Finch would have been a huge three-headed man-serpent multicolored jury killer living in the sea. And I’d believe it because… HE’S FICTIONAL!

It’s like all these people who discuss their favourite soap operas from the tele-box and then gasp “HOW COULD SHE DO THAT TO HIM?!”.

I’ll tell you how… because that’s how the writers decided to write that stupid script. Jeez!


Makes me wonder if having written “watchman” first the author didn’t reconsider Atticus’ character in To Kill a Mockingbird and decided against publishing the first book. Unless the answer is in a diary somewhere we may never know.

I understand her editor looked at To Set a Watchman and suggested she write another book from the point of view of Scout as a child or just in an earlier time frame. They can’t ask about it since the editor died some time ago.

Perhaps what the editor meant was that readers weren’t ready for the first book yet.