After garnering a successful debut as a writer and even a Pulitzer Prize thanks to her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee reveals that she will be releasing her debut novel’s sequel this year, after nearly 55 years since its prequel came out.
In a statement Lee released regarding her sequel to the Associated Press, she revealed that her novel is entitled “Go Set a Watchman,” and that she in fact wrote it before writing “To Kill a Mockingbird.” However, back then, she was told by her editor that since she wrote some flashbacks on the main character Scout’s childhood, it would be better if she first try writing a novel from the perspective of a younger Scout before going ahead with “Go Set a Watchman.”
“I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realized [“Go Set a Watchman”] had survived, so [I] 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.”
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is set during the 1900s when racial inequality is still evident. It tells the story of a young girl named Scout whose father Atticus is a lawyer working on a case in defending an African-American man from rape charges. The sequel’s story continues with Scout, now an adult living in New York, coming back to her hometown of Maycomb and facing different personal and political issues as she meets her father again.
“Go Set a Watchman” will be published on July 14, 2015, in North America by HarperCollins’ Harper unit. The book will also be released in the United Kingdom by Penguin Random House under its William Heinemann imprint.
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