Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Controversies and Harper Lee, the Author of To Kill a Mockingbird

The thrill and excitement brought by the news of the publication of Harper Lee's second novel is slowly being overshadowed by hints of deception and doubts. 

Some are suspicious of Lee's change of heart. Why she suddenly decided to publish another book after refusing to release any literary work within 55 years? Especially when you consider the statement of Lee's late sister, Alice Lee as told to Ms. Mills, that Harper "can't see and can't hear and will sign anything put before her by anyone in whom she has confidence." 

Did anyone close to the acclaimed writer manipulate her into signing a book contract? Does Harper Lee really know anything about the scheduled release of Go Set a Watchman on July?

Whether or not this is just a publicity and marketing stunt, as a fan and as a book lover, I am delighted that another great work will be offered to the public. Above all,  I pray for the health and safety of the master writer of all time, Harper Lee.

For now, while waiting for the release of Go Set a Watchman, I'll read Thorpe by Mary Dutton. I've seen in the reviews that Thorpe, a dramatic novel about innocence and terror, is as memorable as To Kill a Mockingbird. It is even stated on its dust jacket.

Thorpe by Mary Dutton

Rare and Collectible. First EditionBook Club, 1972

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