Harper Lee and Dementia


This is going to get ugly. Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird, is supposedly publishing another book that she didn’t want published in the past.   This book, called Go Set a Watchman, was set aside 50 years ago. Actually, it was rejected.  You would think she did NOT want that book published ever or she would have done so years ago. So what could have changed her mind?  How about having lost her mind.  Lee seems to have some dementia and so it is very possible that someone influenced her decision.  There is a lot of money at stake here. You can see the discussion here in the NYT.   Dementia is a terrible disease and it is so sad for the family of these patients.  What is left is a shell of person and though many can be happy and go lucky because they seem to have no worries, most of them drive their family insane.  If Harper Lee truly has dementia then this whole thing is a travesty. My gut feeling is that she does.  What tipped me off was when she said her next book, after this one is published, is going to be called To Kill a Mockingbird.

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