Novelist Harper Lee, age eighty-eight, is best known for her brilliant novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Since its release in July of 1960, Lee has managed to effectively stay out of the public eye. Fifty-five years later, controversy is brewing over the release of her second novel, Go Set a Watchman. This story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama 1950, featuring the main character, Scout, as an adult. Lee had completed this novel in the mid-1950s, but her editor had persuaded her to write also a novel from the viewpoint of Scout at a young age, which became the famous To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee says she was “delighted” to find that her friend and lawyer Tonja Carter rediscovered her original book. Despite this, many questions have arisen around the assumption that publishing companies are possibly forcing Lee to release her novel. This curiosity is centered around the premise that after Lee had published To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960, she immovably rejected the idea of releasing another novel. Therefore, it seems odd to many that Lee is suddenly so eager about this new release. A complaint of elder abuse was investigated by the Alabama Securities Commission in an attempt to settle the suspicion. It turns out that Lee fully understood the questions the investigators were asking and adamantly wanted her second novel published. Carter spoke out saying Lee was, “extremely hurt and humiliated” by the accusations.If the novel is half as thought-provoking as its publishing controversy, it should be a phenomenal read.
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- 6/21 – Faculty Luncheon
- 6/22 – Volunteer Thank You Luncheon
- 6/24 – Alumni Reunion
- 6/26 – Report Cards Distributed
- 6/26 – Summer School / Mind, Body, & Spirit Workshop begins