Atticus Finch by Joseph Crespino

Atticus Finch

Who was the real Atticus Finch? A prize-winning historian reveals the man behind the legendThe publication of Go Set a Watchman in 2015 forever changed how we think about Atticus Finch. Once seen as a paragon of decency, he was reduced to a small-town racist. How are we to understand this transformation?In Atticus Finch, historian Joseph Crespino draws on exclusive sources to reveal how Harper Lee's father provided the central inspiration for eac...

Details Atticus Finch

TitleAtticus Finch
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherBasic Books
GenreBiography, Nonfiction

Reviews Atticus Finch

  • Matt
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Joseph Crespino, Perseus Books, and Basic Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.The name Atticus Finch was long synonymous with kindness and compassion, showing his children the importance of not judging a book by its cover. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Finch’s character pushes the limits of 1930s Alabama acce...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Who was the real Atticus Finch?The publication of Go Set a Watchman in 2015 forever changed how we think about Atticus Finch. Once seen as a paragon of decency, he was reduced to a small-town racist. How are we to understand this transformation?In Atticus Finch, historian Joseph Crespino draws on exclusive sources to reve...
  • Silas House
    Very well researched, beautifully written, and nuanced look at the creation of one of the most beloved literary characters of all time.
  • Rama
    The Man Behind Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ This is the inspirational story of Atticus Finch, the father of author Harper Lee. Her celebrated work, “To Kill a Mockingbird’ narrates her life while growing up in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama and the racial practices of the rural south. This takes us back to 1936, when she was 10 years old and her father represented black defendants faced with criminal charges. The significa...
  • Pam
    I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway. The background details of the writing of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman were very interesting. The book is a blend of history, biography, and social commentary which I found fascinating.
  • Tiffany
    Using previously ignored sources, as well as countless additional resources, Joseph Crespino has produced a beautifully nuanced examination of the man that inspired Harper Lee's iconic Atticus Finch character, her father, A.C. Lee. Understanding Harper Lee's dual view of her father's personality lends itself to an infinitely better understanding of how the character, Atticus Finch, can be reconciled between Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mocking...
  • Bob H
    The title is somewhat misleading; this is not a novel about the life of Atticus Finch. Rather, it’s an intriguing and well-thought literary history of this character. It’s also, but only in part, a biography of Harper Lee’s father, Amasa Coleman (A.C.) Lee, a model for Atticus. It’s also a biography of Nelle Harper Lee herself, and her intellectual and literary growth, and her family’s life and times in 1950’s Alabama, and how her two...
  • Marianne Evans
    I didn’t want to read this book; born and raised in Alabama I’m tired of thinking about it. But, this author grabbed my attention, as well as broke my heart, by showing me brutal, vicious, mob punishments inflicted by Christian Bible Belt white men against the mild sins of some black men. Furthermore this author reads me articles directly from Mr. Lee’s newspaper, which were surprisingly global and sophisticated in thought and ideas. He rem...
  • Karen
    Crespino deftly parallels the character of Atticus Finch with Harper Lee's father in this study of a man and his times. In her first novel, Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee could not convince the publishing world of the juxtaposition of a people who believed in segregation but despised the Klan. A product of the south in the sixties and seventies, I know from experience this phenomenon was as real as the heavy, humid air of a Carolina summer. So, Le...
  • Mandy
    A.C. Lee, Harper Lee’s father, was a lawyer and newspaperman and the inspiration for Atticus Finch, her now legendary character in her two novels, To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. This intelligent and perceptive biography explores not only A.C. Lee himself but is also an informed and illuminating portrait of the society that formed him, and to a certain degree, Harper Lee herself. The differences between how she portrayed him in Moc...
  • Amanda
    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.To Kill a Mockingbird has been my favorite book of all time since the first time I read it, my sophomore year in high school. When I was a junior, I wrote an end-of-term paper about the book and its themes. I did a large amount of research for that paper, and I really wish this book had existed back then, because it is far more informative and far more easily readable than anything else I fou...
  • SundayAtDusk
    In this biography/history book, author Joseph Crespino looks at the life of Harper Lee’s father, A. C. Lee, and tries to answer the question: Why was Atticus Finch, the fictional character based on her father, like a genuine Southern man in the first novel she wrote, a fabled man in the second novel, and an “American liberal” in the movie? It is without a doubt an intriguing question and read, that left me respecting To Kill a Mockingbird m...
  • Sherrie
    Atticus Finch, so happy to add to the story, I really enjoyed this book. It's a history of character, maybe even a story of Harper Lee's father in that it portraits the way of the south at the time. This is what she saw and what she learned from her father. It also shows the car in which Atticusgo to give an educational lesson, per se, to teach his children from his moral character. Very much enjoyed! Thanks to Goodreads and Basic Books!
  • Kurt Ronn
    Atticus was a man if his time. Hollywood made him into a saint. The real Atticus, Harper’s father, was more moderate than his KKK neighbors, but hardly Gregory Peck’s character. Interesting insights to AC Lee and Harper Lee’s relationship, and the racist politics of Alabama. It’s not hard to see Jeff Sessions in AC Lee as a man of “peculiar” principles surrounded by racists whose biggest fear is - to this day - Blacks getting to vote.
  • Christopher Renberg
    Interesting read. Much to learn about Harper Lee's father. Lots of cross referencing between TKaM and GSaW that added to the analysis. Crespino does a great job tying the novel and the movie culturally to the rise of Wallace in Alabama and national politics as well as Dr. King 's Letter from a Birmingham Jail. I leave the book knowing more about a favorite novel and the history that influenced its creation.
  • Jim Ogle
    Like many people, I love “To Kill A Mockingbird.” I listen to the audio version nearly every year. I watch the movie version nearly as regularly. I knew some of the story of Harper Lee’s father and how she shapes the character of Atticus Finch around his life. This book is a deep dive into how that occurred. I love this story!
  • Roger Smitter
    Crespino challenges us to re-read the American classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. And it challenges us to read the other book Harper Lee wrote. This book is part a history lesson, a statement about race, and analysis of one of the most appreciated writers we have lived through.
  • Sandi
    An interesting book about Harper Lee father and his times andHis thoughts and how much he had to do with Atticus finch
  • Garren
    A book about Lee's writing career, her father's politics, the political environment of the times, and the film adaptation. I learned alot and this held my interest the whole time. Recommended!
  • Mike
    A “biography” of the fictional Atticus Finch which examines the life of his real life model, the history of making of the character, and the social and historical context for To Kill a Mockingbird genesis, realization and reception.