Harper Lee is best known for her 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, which by all distinctions is one of the most beautiful books ever written, and is in my all time favorites. The other thing she’s known for? To Kill a Mockingbird was her first published novel. And, more surprisingly, her only novel 50+ years later.
Until now. Last year a copy of her first written work, Go Set a Watchman, was discovered after widely being thought lost. It was written some time in the mid-1950s, and features an all grown up Scout, who travels back to Maycomb to visit Atticus. It was Harper’s editor that told her she should write a story about Scout as a child – which she did – which gave way to To Kill a Mockingbird.
Even more surprising than them finding her original work is that it won’t be changed or edited. Harper is confident in the material and will release it untouched come July 14th, 2015.
This is equal parts terrifying and magnificent. More Harper Lee! Who hasn’t secretly dreamt of what Scout and Jim and Atticus would be like 20 years later? But then, it’s worrisome because… What if it doesn’t hold up to the standard of To Kill a Mockingbird?
Either way, this is terribly exciting and relevant news for the literary community, and I’m dying to get my hands on it, and throw up a review. It’s already a best-selling book. Pre-orders on Amazon are going through the roof. The hardcover is currently 40% off. And check this out – it’s shot Harper Lee to Amazon’s top selling author:
For my recent review of To Kill a Mockingbird, click here. Just to note, it’s unabashed praise.