Who was the real Atticus Finch? A prize-winning historian reveals the man behind the legendThe publication of Go Set a Watchman in 2015 forever changed how we think about Atticus Finch. Once seen as a paragon of decency, he was reduced to a small-town racist. How are we to understand this transformation?In Atticus Finch, historian Joseph Crespino draws on exclusive sources to reveal how Harper Lee's father provided the central inspiration for each of her books. A lawyer and newspaperman, A. C. Lee was a principled opponent of mob rule, yet he was also a racial paternalist. Harper Lee created the Atticus of Watchman out of the ambivalence she felt toward white southerners like him. But when a militant segregationist movement arose that mocked his values, she revised the character in To Kill a Mockingbird to defend her father and to remind the South of its best traditions. A story of family and literature amid the upheavals of the twentieth century, Atticus Finch is essential to understanding Harper Lee, her novels, and her times....
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Atticus Finch: The Biography Reviews
I didn’t want to read this book; born and raised in Alabama I’m tired of thinking about it. But, this author grabbed my attention, as well as broke my heart, by showing me brutal, vicious, mob punishments inflicted by Christian Bible Belt white men against the mild sins of some black men. Furthermore this author reads me articles directly from Mr. Lee’s newspaper, which were surprisingly global and sophisticated in thought and ideas. He reminded of characters such as Millsap, Big Jim, Heflin, Wa ...more