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Senpai
02-04-2015, 04:11 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/04/books/harper-lee-author-of-to-kill-a-mockingbird-is-to-publish-a-new-novel.html?_r=0



For more than half a century, “To Kill a Mockingbird” has stood apart as a singular American literary masterpiece, a perennial best seller that has provoked countless classroom discussions about racial and social injustice. It brought instant and overwhelming fame to its enigmatic author, Harper Lee, who soon retreated from the spotlight to her native Monroeville, Ala. She never published another book, leaving her millions of fans yearning for more.


Now, at age 88, Ms. Lee has revealed that she wrote another novel after all — a sequel of sorts to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” featuring an aging Atticus Finch and his grown daughter, Scout.


On Tuesday, Ms. Lee’s publisher announced its plans to release that novel, recently rediscovered, which Ms. Lee completed in the mid-1950s, before she wrote “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The 304-page book, “Go Set a Watchman,” takes place 20 years later in the same fictional town, Maycomb, Ala., and unfolds as Jean Louise Finch, or Scout, the feisty child heroine of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” returns to visit her father. The novel, which is scheduled for release this July, tackles the racial tensions brewing in the South in the 1950s and delves into the complex relationship between father and daughter.


Although written first, “Go Set a Watchman” is a continuation of the same story, with overlapping themes and characters. But Ms. Lee abandoned the manuscript after her editor, who was captivated by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, told her to write a new book from the young heroine’s perspective and to set it during her childhood.


“I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told,” Ms. Lee said in a statement released by her publisher.


That story became “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a classic that was adapted into a 1962 film and has sold more than 40 million copies globally since it was published in 1960. It continues to sell more than a million copies a year and has been translated into more than 40 languages.






Most likely going to check this out.

X
02-04-2015, 04:17 AM
That is crazy considering TKAMB is her only novel and it was massively successful and popular.

WILD
02-04-2015, 04:21 AM
Very interesting, she waited to publish it for over 50 years.

Schnarf
02-04-2015, 04:21 AM
we read tkamb as a class in middle school. i can only remember the ending though, so i'll have to reread it before reading her new one

Phoenix
02-04-2015, 06:01 AM
nice joke.

the author is dead.

Schnarf
02-04-2015, 06:03 AM
nice joke.

the author is dead.

no she isn't

X
02-04-2015, 01:59 PM
nice joke.

the author is dead.

The amount of stupidity you possess never ceases to amaze me.

DoflaMihawk
02-04-2015, 03:58 PM
Looking forward to this one.

Gold
02-04-2015, 04:24 PM
Fuck, I can't wait. I loved TKAMB as a kid and was one of my favorite books of all time.

Millennium Creed
11-26-2015, 05:14 AM
nice joke.

the author is dead.


The amount of stupidity you possess never ceases to amaze me.
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