I like the buzz and debate that surrounded the publication of this novel. Here’s my pithy take:
Watchman hasn’t necessarily ruined Mockingbird for me. Clearly, it was an earlier version of Mockingbird, not a sequel. It was not supposed to see the light of day. That said, setting aside the knavish context of its “discovery” and subsequent publication, having read Watchman made me appreciate a) the wisdom of Lee’s editor b) Lee’s faith in the story and c) Lee’s talent for revision which was essentially a rebirth.
“As you please.”