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The plot summary claims "It focuses on six-year-old Jean Louise Finch (Scout), who lives with her older brother, Jem, and their widowed father, Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer". According to the book, Atticus is well over 50 years old, typically not considered middle aged. Should this be removed? Coin Collecting John (talk) 03:41, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
According to Web11, the 11th edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, which is generally regarded as the accepted standard in publishing in the USA, "middle age" is "the period of life from about 45 to about 64".
Yes, Atticus is middle-aged.
Web11 also says that the adjective middle-aged requires a hyphen.
I made the change, from my limited searching, as well as within this very same article, the genre is well sourced as a SG/BR novel. "Scholars have characterized To Kill a Mockingbird as both a Southern Gothic and coming-of-age or Bildungsroman novel."Sir Joseph(talk) 17:46, 6 July 2016 (UTC)
I removed the section with the totally and completely debunked theory that Truman Capote wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. User:Kevinalewis reverted the change with the note "but relates to the history of the novel's treatment - even if itself untrue)" There is nothing in the article about any negative or positive treatment of the book due to the nonsense that it was written by Capote, this makes that comment WP:SYNTH though I don't doubt it could be in some source somewhere. Also, the first section of the reviews says "Despite her editors' warnings that the book might not sell well, it quickly became a sensation, bringing acclaim to Lee in literary circles, in her hometown of Monroeville, and throughout Alabama. The book went through numerous subsequent printings and became widely available through its inclusion in the Book of the Month Club and editions released by Reader's Digest Condensed Books". Also she won a "Pulitzer Prize for the book in 1961". Obviously the Pulitzer people would have also looked into the books authorship and if there was any concern about plagiarism or a ghost writer, they would not have awarded the prize. This section is garbage and has undue weight. It should be removed as it perpetuates a nonsensical wish that someone other than an unknown woman wrote the book. No one credible believes it is true and it was never really a conspiracy theory until the book was already popular. At the very least give it due weight from the multitude of scholars who say the Capote theory is hogwash. Lipsquid (talk) 14:29, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
I fully support the argument you present above and, in order to provoke others to come to this discussion, shall undo rhe revision. — Gareth Griffith-Jones | The Welsh | Buzzard | 15:49, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
Thank you, I would be fine with just an abundance of sources that refute the conspiracy. Lipsquid (talk) 15:59, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
I strongly support keeping the info in the article. For example when I google it the first thing that comes up is:
Mar 3, 2006 - In the decades since Harper Lee published TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in 1960, her novel has been shadowed by a persistent rumor. The speculation has been that Lee's long time friend Truman Capote either wrote or heavily edited the book, which would go on to be a bestseller and win the Pulitzer Prize. (from NPR). Whether or not it is true or false has nothing to do with keeping or not keeping it in the article. Gandydancer (talk) 13:56, 6 August 2016 (UTC)
I only suggested to make sure the fact that the theory is false has more weight as that is what the majority of reliable sources believe. The paragraph should start off by saying most sources think the theory is false including denials by Truman Capote, Harper Lee and her editor. Then say but persistent rumors exist of yada yada yada.... That seems more fair weighted. Lipsquid (talk) 22:27, 6 August 2016 (UTC)