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Over Half a Century After 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' Harper Lee Plans to Publish Second Novel

    Author Harper Lee. (AP/Rob Carr)


The new book takes place 20 years after the events described in the 1960 best-seller.

Here’s what The New York Times writes:

The novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” was completed in the mid-1950s, and takes place when Scout Finch, the heroine of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is grown up and looking back on her childhood. It features many of the same characters.

In a statement released by her publisher, Ms. Lee, 88, said that she wrote “Go Set a Watchman” first, but was asked by an editor to rework the novel from Scout’s perspective. That book became “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a classic that was published in 1960 and has sold more than 40 million copies globally.

Ms. Lee never published another novel…“I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told,” she said. “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.”

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—Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

Natasha Hakimi Zapata
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Natasha Hakimi Zapata holds a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Boston University and both a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in English with a creative writing concentration from the University of California, Los…
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