A sequel to a classic piece of literature will hit bookshelves in the near future.
On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the publishing company, HarperCollins, announced that Nelle Harper Lee, most commonly known by her literary name, Harper Lee, will release a sequel to her critically acclaimed novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
The new book, titled “Go Set a Watchman,” is set 20 years after “Mockingbird” ends. The plot revolves around Scout’s return to Maycomb, Alabama to visit her father, Atticus Finch.
Tonja Carter, Lee’s lawyer and dear friend, recently found the manuscript attached to one of the original typescripts of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
At the time, Carter thought it was a copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Recently, she realized the scenes did not overlap with those in the novel, according to an interview with Lee’s publisher Jonathan Burnham, conducted by The Atlantic.
Lee, who is now 88, stated, in regards to the release of the novel, “In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called ‘Go Set a Watchman.’ It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it was 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.”
The popularity of Lee’s new novel extends outside of the literary community. Junior John Park said, “I actually read the first book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” when I was in middle school, and I thought it was really great. I definitely want to read [Go Set a Watchman] because I enjoyed the first novel.”
“I am excited to see that one of your more old school authors is trying to bring back a very classic form of American writing,” said senior Dave Schillero. “I think nowadays, we are swamped with fast paced media.”
From a literary perspective, Department of English professor David LaGuardia, whose focus is on 19th and 20th century American literature, said, “I’m excited for her [Lee] because she is a person who has lived an entire life basing her entire reputation on a book that has been heralded and praised and read by millions of people over many, many years. Now, all of a sudden, at the end of her life, she has been told that a previous manuscript has been discovered that she thought was previously lost.”
Many fans of “To Kill a Mockingbird” are anxiously waiting for the release date of “Go Set a Watchman” on July 14, 2015.
Editor’s Note: Information from The New York Times, The Atlantic, Cleveland.com and The Guardian was used in this article.