Thursday February 20, 2020

Division and curiosity in new Harper Lee novel

Fiction: Go Set a Watchman. By Harper Lee. William Heinemann, €24.

22nd July, 2015
Harper Lee: novel represents the ghostly traces of a career that might have been. Picture: Getty

The controversy over Go Set a Watchman has been thoroughly hashed and rehashed, but in case you missed them, here are the salient facts: in 1957 Harper Lee submitted the novel to New York publisher Lippincott, where an editor, Tay Hohoff, liked the book, but thought it wasn’t fully developed. Working with Hohoff, Lee recast her story, and in 1960 the new version was published as To Kill a Mockingbird. Fifty-four years later, Lee’s lawyer...

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