NEWS: Harper Lee to Publish Second Novel

Sequel to Beloved “To Kill a Mockingbird” Due Out in July, 2015

Harper Lee 1950s

Harper Lee has said that her aim in writing both books was “to leave some record of small-town, middle-class Southern life.”

Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of one of the most beloved books of the 20th century, “To Kill A Mockingbird” announced today that she will be publishing a second novel this summer.

Previously Unknown Harper Lee Book Now Set for Publication

The novel, entitled “Go Set a Watchman” was written before “To Kill a Mockingbird” but, according to Lee, she set it aside for 55 years on the advice of her publisher.  It is set in Alabama and features Scout, the young girl  To Kill a Mockingbirdfrom “To Kill a Mockingbird” as a young woman who has been living in New York but returns to her childhood home to visit her father, Atticus Finch.  A press release issued by publisher Harper, reveals that”“Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.”

“This is a remarkable literary event,” Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham said in the statement. “The existence of ‘Go Set a Watchman’ was unknown until recently, and its discovery is an extraordinary gift to the many readers and fans of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’

Scout and Atticus Return but Harper Lee Will Not

Harper Lee 2011Harper Lee has lived an almost reclusive life since the publication of her only novel.  The press release confirms that the 88-year-old Lee will not be participating in publicity for “Go Set a Watchman” but 2 million copies of the book are planned for the first printing.  The publication promises to be the literary event of the summer of 2015, if not the literary event of the decade.






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