"To Kill a Mockingbird" is a literary classic, with more than 40 million copies of the book sold, Author Harper Lee announced today (Tuesday), that she will release her second book.


Author Harper Lee
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Book lovers from all around always wondered if Lee would release another book after beloved, award-winning book "To Kill a Mockingbird." Well, they got their answer earlier today (Tuesday), with "Go Set a Watchman,' set to be released this July.

"Go Set a Watchman" was actually written in the mid-1950's, and written before "To Kill a Mockingbird." Those familiar with "To Kill a Mockingbird" will recognize the character 'Scout' in the second book. It features her as an adult returning to her hometown of Maycomb from New York. She visits her father (Atticus), and has to deal with her personal and political issues as times are changing in the United States.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" was released first according to Lee because her editor urged her to write a novel from Scout's point of view, after reading "Go Set a Watchman." The Associated Press reports,

...the 88-year-old Lee said in a statement issued by Harper... "I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn't realized it (the original book) had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation, I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years."


The publisher plans to start a first printing of 2 million copies, with the book being released as it was written - with no revisions.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" was released back in July of 1960, and was later turned into a film (with the same title). The book also won the Pulitzer Prize.

Lee's publisher stated that she would probably not be doing any publicity for the book, but the book will be available as an e-book.





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