“Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee Is Coming!
Harper Lee, the famous author of the all-time American classic ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, is to publish her second novel in mid-July. The new book, ‘Go Set a Watchman’, is rumored to be a sequel to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, featuring the main character Scout Finch as an adult woman.According to different sources, Go Set a Watchman was actually written before ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, but it was set aside for over 50 years. The existence of the 304-page novel was unknown until last fall – even the 88-year old Lee herself thought the original manuscript had been lost or, perhaps, destroyed. Fortunately, it was recovered on accident by a family friend (the novel was affixed to the original manuscript of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’).
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‘Go Set a Watchman’ takes place in Alabama in the mid-50s (20 years after the original story) – right in the middle of the civil rights movement. In this story, Scout comes back to Maycomb to visit her father, the brave lawyer Atticus Finch. According to Associated Press, who released the news on February 3, Scout “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.”
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The publisher is planning to print 2 million copies of the new novel; the text itself will be released as the author first wrote it and will not contain any revisions.
Harper Lee’s first – and until recently only–book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ won a Pulitzer Prize in 1960 and was adapted into an Oscar-winning movie in 1962. It was banned several times because it raised sensitive racial themes; however, the novel survived over the years and became one of the best works of literature of the 20th century – or even of all times. It taught us valuable lessons of justice, integrity, and understanding. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ sold over 40 million copies worldwide, and the new book by Harper Lee is predicted to have the same level of success.
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