Local Professors Co-Edit Essays Revisiting 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Sep 21, 2020

To Kill a Mockingbird has remained one of Americans' most beloved novels since its release in 1960, but its author, Harper Lee, produced only one other book, Go Set a Watchman, which was supposed to have been released after her death.

Instead, Watchman came out in 2015, 55 years after Mockingbird, and one year before Lee's passing.

The surprise release of Watchman, which furthers the stories of some of Mockingbird's famous characters like Scout and Atticus Finch, prompted two local professors to solicit essays from other professors and teachers about the role of Mockingbird in contemporary education.

The result was Mockingbird Grows Up: Re-reading Harper Lee Since Watchman, edited by University of Cincinnati Associate Professor-Educator of English Cheli Reutter and Northern Kentucky University Professor of English (and past Chair of the English Department) Jon Cullick.

Cullick and Reutter join Cincinnati Edition to talk about the essays.

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