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Harper Lee sequel: Can’t we leave “To Kill a Mockingbird” in peace?

The publication of "Go Set a Watchman" is part of a trend of dredging up authors' first drafts and unfinished works

By Sameer Rahim  
Harper Lee in 1961 © Donald Uhrbrock/Time & Life Pictures

Harper Lee in 1961 © Donald Uhrbrock/Time & Life Pictures

The news that Harper Lee is to publish a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird has provoked mass excitement from the novel’s fans. The Pulitzer-winning Mockingbird packs a punch, especially with teenagers. Who hasn’t dreamed of being Atticus Finch, the heroic lawyer who defends a black man falsely accused of rape? Or identified with Scout, a girl maturing in a world less innocent than she once thought?

Lee’s sequel, Go Set…

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