The Associated Press is reporting that a second novel written around the same time as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” discovered last fall, from Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee, will be released in July. “Go Set a Watchman” was completed by Lee in 1950, but set aside and is somewhat of a sequel to Lee’s classic novel. It is only the second novel that the 88 year-old has published.
Of the new novel, Lee said: “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. After much thought and hesitation, I shared [Watchmen] 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 I am humbled and amazed that this will not be published after all these years.”
To date, “To Kill a Mockingbird” has over 40 million copies in print worldwide and is now considered a classic in literature. “Go Set a Watchman” is set in Lee’s beloved Maycomb, Alabama, during the mid-1950s, twenty years after “To Kill A Mockingbird”.