Harper Lee, author of the beloved American classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, will release the second book of her career, Go Set a Watchman, in July, the AP reports. Lee is 88 years old and is just about ready to drop some fire.
Watchman, which will be a followup to To Kill a Mockingbird, was written in the 1950s and was actually finished before Mockingbird, which was released in 1960. Watchman was put on hold when her editor told her to explore the character Scout as a child. As Lee tells it in a statement released by her publisher, Harper, "I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told." Lee's unpublished novel follows adult Scout twenty years after the Depression-era Mockingbird. Via the AP:
"Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus," the publisher's announcement reads. "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."
According to the statement, the novel will be unchanged from when Lee first wrote it in the 50s. For many years, Lee believed that the novel had been lost altogether, but it was discovered by her lawyer Tonja Carter in a "secure location where it had been affixed to an original typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird."
Harper will release Go Set a Watchman on July 14 of this year with a first printing of 2 million copies. There will also be e-book editions available, continuing in Lee's trend of letting the kids have what they want.
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