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Harper Lee's legacy looms over 'Watchman' celebrations in Monroeville, Ala.

Harper Lee's legacy looms over 'Watchman' celebrations in Monroeville, Ala.

The day after the release of “Go Set a Watchman,” I am sitting alone in the famous balcony of the Monroe County Courthouse in Monroeville, Ala. This is Harper Lee’s hometown, the inspiration for the town of Maycomb in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Watchman.”

All around the old courthouse are signs of the celebrations held here for Tuesday's launch of “Go Set a Watchman,” featuring a mint julep party on the lawn, walking tours, storytelling and media trucks from around the world gathered to “get the story.”

Lee did not partake in the festivities, not that anyone expected her to. But on...

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