It has been more than five-decades since Harper Lee released her classic novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ but the beloved author has announced that her follow-up work is on its way to stores, and will release this summer. The original work was released fifty-five years ago, and the new book now has a release date of July 14, 2015.
It was Lee’s publisher, Harper, that made the announcement earlier this morning (Tuesday) confirming that the new novel “Go Set a Watchman” will release in just a few short months. According to the announcement, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed this new novel back in the 1950s but never published the book. Now fans will finally have a chance to read that work starting on July 14. The book was recently “rediscovered’ just last year. Called “Go Set a Watchman” is a spiritual successor to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” coming-in at just over 300 pages. During today’s announcement, the publisher stated that the first printing of the book is expected at 2 million copies.
Harper Lee said in a statement, “In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called ‘Go Set a Watchman,’” adding, “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.”