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'To Kill a Mockingbird' Author Harper Lee to Release Second Novel

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Author Harper Lee to Release Second Novel

Harper Lee, author of the very popular 1960s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will be publishing a sequel to the book!

The 88-year-old author has not published anything in fifty years and once news spread about her new book, “Go Set a Watchman,” the Internet went wild!

The AP reports that the book is “essentially a sequel to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ although it was finished earlier”

“In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called `Go Set a Watchman,’” Harper said in a statement. “It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became `To Kill a Mockingbird’) from the point of view of the young Scout.”

“I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realized it (the original book) 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,” Harper added. The book will be available in July.

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  • Starlight

    OMG! Color me silly but I thought the author was long gone and yet I read To Kill a Mockingbird at least four times; (The first time, I was maybe nine years old.) I will certainly be picking up her new book, Go Set a Watchman!

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    Oh what an amazing thing to learn. I so look forward to it. It may have taken a long time but she feels confident enough to publish. Trilled, simply thrilled. I have to share this. I have to.

  • Living in a box

    A sequel!???? I’m super excited about this!!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TybPXqzQ50

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/cigo8179 Christopher I. Gomes

    To all media outlets. This is news!!!!

  • http://vertigobym.tumblr.com Mads

    YEEEAH!!!! Yes yes yes!!! omfg this is fucking amazing!

  • Island Planet

    The fact that this is not a new book, but a long-lost novel written before ‘Mockingbird’ is the best news of all! That she published ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ and never wrote again will always be a big part of the extraordinary story of Harper Lee. Thank you dear woman!

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