Atticus Finch: the Biography

Atticus Finch: the Biography

Harper Lee, Her Father, and the Making of An American Icon

Book - 2018
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"One of the most famous characters in all of American culture, Atticus Finch has long been regarded as a touchstone of decency and goodness. But that changed with the 2015 publication of Lee's long-hidden manuscript 'Go Set a Watchman,' in which Atticus is portrayed not as the heroic defender of a wrongly accused black man but as a small-town southern racist. Many have tried to piece together the "real" Atticus, and to determine how and why Harper Lee would have created two such seemingly different versions of the same character. The best way to understand Atticus, as the award-winning historian Joseph Crespino explains, is to examine the life of the flesh-and-blood man who inspired him: Harper Lee's father, Amasa Coleman (A.C.) Lee. In Atticus Finch, Crespino has unearthed a variety of new sources that show how Harper Lee's views were formed in tension with her father's, and how she used his example, even while smoothing over its rough edges, to create an enduring icon. From 1929 to 1947 A.C. Lee was the part-owner and sole editor of the lone newspaper in Monroeville, Alabama. On display in Lee's editorials were all the attributes commonly associated with Atticus: integrity, idealism, and a vigorous opposition to political demagoguery, whether that meant mob rule in Alabama or fascism in Hitler's Germany. Yet Lee was also a white southerner of his time and place, and his growing opposition to the New Deal and the emerging civil rights movement informed the character his daughter conceived in Watchman"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2018.
ISBN: 9781541644946
1541644948
Call Number: 813.54 CRESPINO
Characteristics: xx, 248 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects: Lee, Harper -- Criticism and interpretation.
Lee, Harper.
Lee, Harper.
Lee, Harper -- Family.
Finch, Atticus (Fictitious character)
Lee, Harper.

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