As reported by the AP, publisher, Harper, has announced that the author of To Kill a Mockingbird will be releasing a second novel this summer (July, specifically). This new novel will be Lee’s first since the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, making it her second novel in over 50 years!
The new work titled, Go Set a Watchman was actually written before To Kill a Mockinbird, according to a statement by Harper publishing, but serves as a sequel to the world renowned novel. (Atticus and Scout are back!) Harper states that To Kill a Mockingbird was written at the suggestion of Lee’s publisher at the time, even though Go Set a Watchman was already completed.
According to Lee,
“I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told,” she said in the statement from publisher, Harper. “I hadn’t realized it had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.”
What fantastic news for literature lovers! Will you be buying a copy?
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