A newly discovered novel by Harper Lee, the author of “To Kill A Mocking Bird,” will be published on July 14 2015 after 50 years of being thought to be lost. The novel titled “Go Set A Watchman” was written by Lee in the mid-50’s and was discovered only in the fall of 2014.
The original manuscript of Lee’s second novel was discovered by her lawyer and friend Tonja Carter affixed to the original manuscript of To Kill A Mockingbird. Lee had set it aside and never had the chance to come back to it.
According to Lee, the novel follows Scout or Jean Louise Finch – the same character from To Kill a Mockingbird – as an adult woman. She wrote it following instructions from her editor who was captivated by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood.
“I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realized it had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it… I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years,” Lee wrote in a statement released by HarperCollins.
HarperCollins Publishers had acquired the North American rights of publishing the newly discovered masterpiece from Lee. Jonathan Burnham, Senior Vice President and Publisher at Harper said the discovery of Lee’s second novel is a remarkable literary event and an extraordinary gift to the many readers and fans of To Kill a Mockingbird who had wished for Lee to write another book.
“Reading in many ways like a sequel to Harper Lee’s classic novel, it is a compelling and ultimately moving narrative about a father and a daughter’s relationship, and the life of a small Alabama town living through the racial tensions of the 1950s,” Burnham said in a statement.
“Go Set A Watchman” is a story about Scout twenty years after. She comes back to her hometown of Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. The father and daughter will be compelled to face their issues as their differing attitude toward society clashes. The story is set during the mid-1950’s and will still have many characters from Lee’s first book.
“I along with millions of others around the world, always wished that Harper lee had written another book… this masterpiece will be revered for generations to come,” Michael Morrison, President and Publisher of Harper Collins US General Books Group and Canada, said in a statement.