To Kill a Mockingbird Part 2?: Controversy over Harper Lee’s 2nd Book

By White House photo by Eric Draper (White House photo by Eric Draper via [1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By White House photo by Eric Draper (White House photo by Eric Draper via [1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

[“President George W. Bush awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to author Harper Lee during a ceremony Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, in the East Room. “To Kill a Mockingbird has influenced the character of our country for the better. It’s been a gift to the entire world. As a model of good writing and humane sensibility, this book will be read and studied forever,” said the President about Harper Lee’s work. White House photo by Eric Draper/Public Domain]

When my Facebook and Twitter newsfeed started blowing up with HarperCollins news announcements about Harper Lee’s new book, I was initially excited.

Even then I had a nagging feeling that something wasn’t quite right. Why now, after all of these years, was there going to be a new book? But maybe it was just time?

Then…

I read these Jezebel and The Daily Beast articles.

While it seems kind of shady, I genuinely hope everyone involved has the best intentions and aren’t taking advantage of this phenomenal writer. Books have the potential to do so much good in this world and I don’t want money and fame to overshadow that. I really enjoy many books HarperCollins publishes and I hope that they are doing this for Lee’s benefit and not to her detriment.

What are your thoughts, readers?

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2 Comments

  1. I hadn’t heard about the controversy! I really hope no one is taking advantage of this amazing author. I just hope that the people involved in publishing this book have respected her wishes and have an earnest desire to share great literature with the world.

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