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Harper Lee makes a Comeback

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The novel, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was read and loved by millions when it was first published in 1960 and is still read, taught, and analyzed today in schools. Harper Lee gave an introduction to what life was like living in the South as an Alabama native. 55 years later, she’s making a comeback with her new work ‘Go Set a Watchman’.

Lee’s only published work, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, gave an overview of racial and social injustice in the eyes of a young girl. Now, her new release is set to take place 20 years later and continues to focus on the racial aspect in the South during the 1950s.

‘Go Set a Watchman’ was written before Lee’s best selling novel but her publishers felt that it would have been better to take on the angle from a young girl’s perspective. So, Lee wrote ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in the 1950s and published it in 1960. When the manuscript for ‘Go Set a Watchman’ was recently found in a “secure place where Ms. Lee keeps her archives, attached to an original typed manuscript of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird”, Lee felt it was finally time to release it.

Some felt it was suspicious that Lee decided now would be the time to release her new novel after her long hiatus but that’s not the case. Lee had a stroke in 2007 and currently lives in an assisted-living facility. She also went through the struggle of losing her long time companion, protector, and sister last fall. Even through all of this, Lee was completely involved in the decision to release the novel.

According to Lee, her new novel wouldn’t be a sequel, rather, “…the parent to ‘Mockingbird’.” For 55 years, fans all over the world have been waiting for the successor to ‘Mockingbird’ and this July, their wish will finally be coming true.


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Harper Lee makes a Comeback