Harper Lee and the One-Hit Wonders Club

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Harper Lee and the One-Hit Wonders Club

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n 2015, a year before Harper Lee died, the New Yorker ran a headline about Go Set a Watchman: “Harper Lee’s Failed Novel About Race”. The piece went on to discuss the “striptease” of literature, in this case, the long, overdrawn pre-publication and national event status of what can best be described as an auxiliary volume of a famous novel.

One year after the death knell of Go Set a Watchman was rung and novel pronounced as a “string of clichés”, Harper Lee died. And the word failure forever tacked on to her luminous name.

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