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To Kill a Mockingbird & Harper Lee


Found in: language arts & literature, social studies, 6-8, 9-12

The recent publication of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman”, 55 years after the publication of “To Kill a Mockingbird” has renewed interest in both the private author and her immensely popular novel. The following lessons and resources can add to the discussion.

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Watchman Reviews:

  • In Sweet Home Alabama: Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman”, Adam Gopnik examines the book as art and social document. He concludes that it fails as a novel despite “touching and beautiful moments” and suggests that if published today, To Kill a Mockingbird” would probably be pigeonholed with other coming of age novels in Y. A.
  • In “Go Set a Watchman” By Harper Lee Review – A Literary Curiosity, Robert McCrum describes the novel as the first draft of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and underlines Lee’s genius in that book, which is in “retaining an adult perspective while simultaneously carrying Scout’s story in the voice of the child.” He observes, “Any doubts about the wisdom of this publication will have been drowned by the raucous music of booksellers’ cash registers.”

AUTHOR:

  • Harper Lee includes information on the author and novel and includes a map of Monroeville, which served as model for Macomb in the novel.

VIDEO:

  • ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Sequel Coming This Summer (7:37) announces the release of Go Set a Watchman and includes discussion questions.
  • Harper Lee includes a preview of a newly updated version of the American Masters 2012 program, Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird, to air on PBS, the first chapter of “Go Set a Watchman”, and additional video clips on Lee and the novel.

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