Two Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee to publish another novel, 50 years later

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On February 3, it was announced that, fifty-five years after publishing her first novel, Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, would publish a second book.

Lee’s second book, Go Set the Watchmen was written in the 1950s. Her editor read Watchmen and suggested that she write a book about the flashbacks to the main character, Scout’s, childhood, which lead to the creation of the well-known To Kill a Mockingbird creation. Watchmen is the story of Scout returning to her hometown of Maycomb, Alabama as an adult to see her father, Atticus Finch.

According to a press release, “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.”

Lee, who has always been a very private person, stated that she did not know Watchmen had survived all this time. The book was found by Lee’s lawyer and good friend, Tonja Carter. Lee then decided to share the book with a small group of people who told her that it was worth publication.
The book can be preordered online now and will be released on July 14, 2015.

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