To my beloved Harper Lee,
It is with deep sadness I write to you concerning Go Set A Watchman. I write, too, out of much love and respect for your previous work To Kill A Mockingbird.
Ms. Lee, when the literary world became aware of Go Set A Watchman, readers began to buzz. I must say I pre-ordered the book myself and could hardly wait for the release date to roll round. Much to my dismay and disappointment, I recognized the novel as the first draft of the treasured To Kill A Mockingbird.
I understand why Editor Tay Hohoff asked you to revise the manuscript. The voice of Scout in Go Set A Watchman rings sweet with the POV in To Kill A Mockingbird. As a writer, it was evident to me telling the story from Scout’s point of view was a brilliant decision on Ms. Hohoff part.
While Go Set A Watchman topped the best seller list, other readers were as disappointed as I. Further, please understand you are not to blame. With Miss Alice gone, you trusted a new lawyer. And, I must say shame on you, Tonja Carter, for your participation in duping the literary world. Shame on Harper Collins for allowing its imprint Harper to publish the book under false pretenses.
Their are those who review Go Set A Watchman as though it is a “new” stand alone novel. These reviewers are dishonest in their approach to this book. Maybe they are intimidated by the literary giants. Personally, a book review good or bad must be honest, if nothing else.
When you left this world, I was sad. Once, in a writing project, I chose you as my literary mother. I loved you and still do. I take consolation in knowing you are not here to read this letter. I hope news of the disastrous publication of Go Set A Watchman never reached your bedside.
Finally, the fans of great literature will accept this book as a grave mistake on the part of the greedy publishing world. You, my beloved Harper Lee, are still one of the best writer’s of my lifetime. Thank you for To Kill A Mockingbird.
Rest in peace,