Another Guardian Angel
New York, New York
At Lippincott, Lee's manuscript caught the attention of editor Tay Hohoff. "The spark of the true writer flashed in every line," recalled Hohoff. But there was a long way to go before it would be ready for publication. As Hohoff described Lee's manuscript, it was "more a series of anecdotes than a fully conceived novel."
"After a couple of false starts," continued Hohoff, "the story-line, interplay of characters...grew clearer, and with each revision--there were many minor changes as the story grew in strength, and in her own vision of it--the true stature of the novel became evident."
"I was a first time writer," said Lee in a 2015 statement, "so I did what I was told."
But not always. "When she disagreed with a suggestion," remembered Hohoff, "we talked it out, sometimes for hours. And sometimes she came around to my way of thinking, sometimes I to hers, sometimes the discussion would open up an entirely new line of country."