'Go Set A Watchman' Sparks Collective Freakout Among Critics
Early reviews are in for Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman,' and critics are freaking out about the new, segregation-supporting Atticus Finch.By Eugene Daniels | July 13, 2015
Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set a Watchman" will hit stores this week ... with a big twist. Atticus Finch, the moral center of Lee's first book, "To Kill a Mockingbird," and its Oscar-winning film adaptation, is now 72 years old and a bit of a racist. (Video via Universal Pictures / "To Kill a Mockingbird")
"Yes, Atticus Finch is revealed to be a segregationist," Sam Sacks of the Wall Street Journal said in an interview on PBS NewsHour.
"Go Set a Watchman" has had a long road to publication. Lee wrote the book in 1957, but her publishers were so interested in the flashback scenes of Scout's childhood they asked for a reworked story, which lead to "To Kill a Mockingbird."