So, it goes without saying that news of Harper Lee’s previously unknown and unexpected sequel to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ – aka ‘Go Set a Watchman’ – had us book fanatics positively DANCING in celebration!
The story of the discovery of ‘Go Set a Watchman’s’ original manuscript is in itself the stuff of great literature. In case you were barred from all communication with the world or were visiting another planet these last few months, allow us to update you:
In the 1950’s a then young Harper Lee’s first completed novel told the story of an adult Scout Finch who revisits her hometown of Maycomb. During her visit she struggles with internal conflict influenced by individual and public factors. The work was rejected by editors and was never published. The flashbacks to Scout’s childhood however, piqued enough interest amongst editors to encourage Lee to write another novel, this time set during Scout’s childhood. Thus, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was published in 1960. It instantly became and continues to be one of the most adored works of literature.
In fall of 2014, the manuscript of Lee’s first (rejected and long forgotten) work was unexpectedly found! ‘Go Set a Watchman’ is all set to be published on 14th July 2015, fifty five years after ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was released.
In the history of Literature this event holds ENORMOUS significance. The unexpectedness of this book’s existence for decades on end makes it all the more special. It is every bibliophile’s dream come true – to have MORE of a book you love, especially when you didn’t see it coming. The manuscript’s existence PRIOR to the existence of the beloved ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ makes it mythical before we’ve even had a chance to read it.
Lets us all take a moment and be thankful that we are alive to witness this joyous occurrence!
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