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Michael Edelson discusses Harper Lee at Floyd Memorial Library
October 3, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Harper Lee: A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is undoubtedly the most popular book dealing with race in America. And the most unfaltering fictional person of racial heroism is Atticus Finch, the protagonist and hero of Harper Lee’s only novel. Now her new boo, “Go Set A Watchman,” lost until recently was published on July 14. It sold 1.1 million copies in the first week.
The title comes from Isaiah 21:6: “For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go set a watchman, let him declar what he seeth.” It alludes to Scout’s view of her her father, Atticus, 20 years later as the moral compass, “Watchman,” of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1950s.
On Saturday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m., Michael Edelson, Stony Brook University Provessor Emeritus, will present an extensively illustrated talk of Lee’s life, work and other unpublished writings utilizing interviews, film clips and stills analyzing both books and the Oscar-winning 1962 film starring Gregory Peck.
Professor Edelson lectured in both the Humanities and Art Departments in addition to special courses in the English Department.