Harper Lee To Release Second Novel ‘To Set A Watchman’ In July [Twitter Reacts]


Fans of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee have been waiting for more than 50 years for a second novel. Well, today they got their wish. Publisher Harper announced today that Lee’s second novel, “Go Set A Watchman,” will be released on July 14.

The Associated Press reports that Lee wrote “Go Set A Watchman” in the 1950s, before she wrote “To Kill A Mockingbird,” but she never had it published. The 304 page novel features many characters from her classic book and is essentially a sequel.

Lee, 88, said:

“In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called `Go Set a Watchman.’ 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.”

Publisher Harper said that it would initially print 2 million copies of the novel. But if “To Set A Watchman” sees the same sort of success as “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper will have to print a few more. Harper Lee’s first novel has sold more than 40 million copies since its release in 1960.

Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham said in a statement:

“This is a remarkable literary event. The existence of `Go Set a Watchman’ was unknown until recently, and its discovery is an extraordinary gift to the many readers and fans of `To Kill a Mockingbird.’ Reading in many ways like a sequel to Harper Lee’s classic novel, it is a compelling and ultimately moving narrative about a father and a daughter’s relationship, and the life of a small Alabama town living through the racial tensions of the 1950s.”

Harper Lee has already chosen the title for her new novel but Twitter still had some suggestions.

Are you excited for Harper Lee’s second novel?


Dan Evon

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