As reported this morning by the Associated Press, Harper Lee has stunned the literary world with the announcement that she will publish a second novel, Go Set a Watchman, on July 14. From the article:
Publisher Harper announced Tuesday that “Go Set a Watchman,” a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14. Rediscovered last fall, “Go Set a Watchman” is essentially a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” although it was finished earlier. The 304-page book will be Lee’s second, and the first new work in more than 50 years.
The publisher plans a first printing of 2 million copies.
While most people are referring to this as a sequel, the most interesting detail to me was the fact that this was actually Lee’s first novel, depicting the character of Scout as an adult woman—it was only through her editor’s insistence that the book was rewritten from her point of view as a girl.
Maybe all the rest of you knew that, but I didn’t.