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Joseph Crespino discusses his book “Atticus Finch: The Biography,” May 3, 2018, Emory Libraries

Joseph Crespino, author and Jimmy Carter Professor of History at Emory University, discusses his book, “Atticus Finch: The Biography,” at a Rosemary Magee Creativity Conversation in Emory’s Woodruff Library.

Rosemary Magee, former director of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, joins Crespino for the conversation, which includes a discussion of the Rose Library’s recent acquisition from rare book collector Paul R. Kennerson. It contains personal letters to friends and other materials from Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the recently published “Go Set a Watchman.”

Finch, a significant character in both books, was based on Lee’s father, an attorney. Crespino’s book draws on exclusive sources to reveal how Harper Lee’s father provided the central inspiration for each of her novels. 

The Rosemary Magee Creativity Conversations series highlights creativity and imagination as essential to every discipline and enterprise. The event is sponsored by the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry; Center for Creativity & Arts; Emory College of Arts & Sciences; Emory Department of History; Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, and the Emory Libraries.

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