ATG Quirkies: Critics Weigh in on the “Go Set a Watchman” Cover Design

Although HarperCollins has sold tons of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, the “retro-facing sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird,” reaction has been mixed. Critics and readers alike have been disappointed to learn that “Atticus Finch, American literature’s favorite paragon of justice, is in fact a bigot.” And now the book’s cover is the focus of debate.



Book Designers Judge “Go Set a Watchman” by Its Cover, recently post in Wired, highlights the reactions of book cover designers as well as observing that “Cornerstone, which is publishing Watchman in the UK, chose to go with another look than the US version.”

Author Margaret Rhodes also provides cover images for the US and UK versions, not to mention the original design for To kill a Mockingbird, so you can make the comparisons yourself. 

(The source of ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)


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