1960 classic ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ gets a sequel that was written before it

It’s been 55 years since the release of ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’, and author Harper Lee is now up with the sequel for the classic. And it also comes quite unique with the sequel actually being even older than the first book.

Go Set a Watchman, the sequel book, was actually the first to have been written by Harper Lee. It portrays Scott as an adult woman and had its events taking place during the peak of civil rights movement.

‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’

But it was her editor who persuaded her to write a full novel depicting the life of a young Scott, after being struck down by the flashbacks of her life.

‘Go Set a Watchman’ will only be the second book that is written by Harper Lee, who herself got quite amused to see the original book still surviving.

It was Tonja Carter, lawyer of Lee, who found and handed back the original copy of ‘Go Set a Watchman’, following which she handed the copy to some ‘trustworthy persons’.

HarperCollins are the ones who will be publishing the sequel and has announced that it will be releasing on July 14th.

The 304-page book is also claimed to have been reprised as it was, without any editing or revisions. It will also see a humungous first copy order of 2 million copies.

Although highly anticipated by critics and fans, it needs to be seen whether the sequel will be holding up its name to the first book by reprising the wave it created back in the 60s.

Considering it to be only the second from the author, it could pave way for blotching Lee as a one-hit author in any case of it being disappointing.

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