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Subject: Harper Lee 2nd novel
Date Posted: 2/3/2015 12:05 PM ET
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NEW YORK (AP) — "To Kill a Mockingbird" will not be Harper Lee's only published book after all.

Publisher Harper announced Tuesday that "Go Set a Watchman," a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14. Rediscovered last fall, "Go Set a Watchman" is essentially a sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird," although it was finished earlier. The 304-page book will be Lee's second, and the first new work in more than 50 years.

The publisher plans a first printing of 2 million copies.

"In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called 'Go Set a Watchman,'" the 88-year-old Lee said in a statement issued by Harper. "It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout's childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became 'To Kill a Mockingbird') from the point of view of the young Scout.

"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."

Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal was negotiated between Carter and the head of Harper's parent company, Michael Morrison of HarperCollins Publishers. "Watchman" will be published in the United Kingdom by William Heinemann, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Date Posted: 2/4/2015 2:33 PM ET
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Great! I loved To Kill a Mockingbird! I'd like to see what Scout did as an adult.



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Date Posted: 2/5/2015 8:13 AM ET
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I've preordered the audio version, and am contemplating the print version.

Date Posted: 2/5/2015 9:54 AM ET
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since this is sort of a famous book they may be able to get somebody good to read it for the audio version.

Date Posted: 2/7/2015 4:18 AM ET
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 At first I was excited to hear this, now I am beginning to wonder who is manipulating this elderly woman who is in an assisted living facility, mostly deaf and visually impaired.  It just seems so shady IMHO  http://www.wsj.com/articles/harper-lee-bombshell-how-news-of-book-related-to-to-kill-a-mockingbird-unfolded-1423270702

I don't doubt the manuscript is legitimate but they wait until her sister who was her agent/attorney passes away and then they just happen to find the manuscript?  Something is fishy sad

Date Posted: 2/7/2015 9:42 AM ET
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"...sort of a famous book..."?????

Sissy Spacek narrated To Kill a Mockingbird, and though I am not a big fan of hers, she was awesome as Scout.  I do hope she reads this one.

Date Posted: 2/7/2015 12:37 PM ET
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Sissy has some miles on her these days. I guess it needs to be somebody with a nice southern accent.

Date Posted: 2/15/2015 9:08 PM ET
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I tend to agree with Karen. It'll be one of the few "new" books I"ll buy but my main thought is "why now"?

Date Posted: 3/2/2015 11:07 AM ET
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Yesterday I just saw what was supposed to be a 'current' photo of Harper in an entertainment magazine.....she looked great!  And happily announcing the publishing of her 'new' book.     Wonder if they used a photo from 10-20 years ago?  

Date Posted: 3/12/2015 4:51 PM ET
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The few times I have been in new bookstores (as opposed to used bookstores) there are a lot of To Kill a Mockingbird books in evidence. The announcement about a new book seems to be driving much interest in the old book. Publisher must be loving this development.

Date Posted: 3/12/2015 6:57 PM ET
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A new story in today's New York Times (Thursday. March 12)) about the questions surrounding whether Harper Lee is really enough in command? of herself to OK publication of this newly found manuscript.

Many people say she is not, but there are some who say she is and/or has good and bad days.

But even after all the questions raised since the announcement, she herself has not made ANY statements; everything is coming through her publisher and/or agent and/or others who stand to make a lot of money--possibly millions---off publication of the book.

To me, that is very telling.

I will not be buying it until or unless there is something better that shows she is OK with publishing this old manuscript.