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Harper Lee to Publish a Second Novel

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In what is sure to be great news for fans of literature the world over, author Harper Lee will publish a second novel this summer, entitled Go Set a Watchman. The manuscript, which Ms. Lee wrote in the 1950s and set aside, is a continuation of her classic To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel features many of Mockingbird's characters, including protagonist Scout Finch, who is written as an adult looking back on her childhood experiences.  

The intensely private author, now 88 years old, said in a statement that she wrote Go Set a Watchman first, but was asked by an editor to rewrite the story from young Scout's perspective. Lee's rewrite became To Kill a Mockingbird, her Pulitzer prizewinning story that went on to be one of the most widely read books of all time, selling 40 million copies worldwide.

Read more on this story at the New York Times. See this article for descriptions of and links to Lee's five published pieces of nonfiction, four from magazines and one written for the Alabama Heritage Festival. 


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I was thinking along similar lines, Edward. Most of the day I've been watching the debate over whether or not Lee was exploited. The skepticism is understandable. "It shall never be known" -- well said, and likely true.
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