Judging books before they have covers?

Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” should be published before it’s criticized


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Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" will be her first published work in over 50 years


July 14th, Harper Lee’s unexpected book “Go Set a Watchman” will hit the shelves. The publication of “Go set a Watchman”, which was actually written before Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird”, remains under dispute. Can it follow her first published masterpiece?

Harper Lee’s writing has been revered ever since the publication of her first work, so why shouldn’t the public want more? The new story follows Scout Finch, now an adult, as she struggles with the prejudice of her social and political surroundings in Maycomb. Although the new story may not have the same impact as her first work, the public is judging the book before there’s even a cover.

Some believe that the 88-year old author, who avoided the media and any sort of publicity for years, was somehow tricked into the publication of “Go Set a Watchman”. However, this rumor has been refuted by Lee’s lawyer, who claims the author is “extremely hurt and humiliated” by the fact that people believe she was duped.

Lee’s revolutionary writing has been the source of inspiration for many authors and readers alike, and it was believed for over 50 years that Lee would never publish another work. The opportunity to read the writing of a genius should not be squandered based on the assumption that her first book cannot be equaled. Lee claims, “I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.”

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