‘Go Set a First Draft’


In one of her last interviews, conducted in 1964, Lee said: “I think the thing that I most deplore about American writing … is a lack of craftsmanship. It comes right down to this — the lack of absolute love for language, the lack of sitting down and working a good idea into a gem of an idea.”

A publisher that cared about Harper Lee’s legacy would have taken those words to heart, and declined to publish “Go Set a Watchman,” the good idea that Lee eventually transformed into a gem.That HarperCollins decided instead to manufacture a phony literary event isn’t surprising. It’s just sad.”

Source: The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud – NY Times

3 Replies to “‘Go Set a First Draft’”

  1. It was a chance to make money… and as a corporation, that’s their sole purpose.


    1. My favorite comment in that thread is “Every culture needs aspirational myths. Atticus was ours. Now we’ve killed him, too.”


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