The Legacy of Harper Lee

Perhaps more than any other American author, Harper Lee proved that it isn’t the quantity of your output that will make you a legend in readers’ eyes. It is the content–the very life-changing depth–of a work that will transcend you into being deemed one of the authors of that elusive term, the great American novel. Like┬áJ.D. Salinger, Lee proved to be an enigma in her … Continue reading The Legacy of Harper Lee

Go Set A Watchman, Atticus Finch & Killing Your Idols

The outpouring of interest in and hostility toward Harper Lee’s unpublished first draft (billed as a sequel) of To Kill A Mockingbird raises the question of why it is so generally loathed by enthusiasts of the original. Go Set A Watchman, at its core, is a good novel–one that, at best, far outweighs most of the slop modern writers are putting out today and, at … Continue reading Go Set A Watchman, Atticus Finch & Killing Your Idols