By Elaine Magliaro
Hillel Italie of the Associated Press reported today that Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird, will publish her second book later this year. Her publisher announced today that Go Set a Watchman, a novel Lee “completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14.” The manuscript was “rediscovered” last fall. Hillel said that the book “is essentially a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, although it was finished earlier.”
The BBC said that Go Set A Watchman features Scout, the main character from the To Kill a Mocking, as an adult.
Lee wrote it in the mid-1950s but put it aside on the advice of her editor.
“I thought it a pretty decent effort.” said Lee, now 88. “I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.”
Lee’s second novel is set in the fictional southern town of Maycomb during the mid-1950s. It “sees Scout return from New York to visit her father, the lawyer Atticus Finch.”
According to the publisher’s announcement: “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.”
The BBC reported that “Lee’s editor persuaded her to rework some of the story’s flashback sequences as a novel in their own right – and that book became To Kill a Mockingbird.”
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