Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Last Call For A Long Overdue Sequel

Some good news in the universe at leastTo Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee has rediscovered an old manuscript and will publish a sequel to the seminal novel a half-century after winning a Pulitzer Prize for it.

"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."

Certainly I'd give it a read and I'd definitely recommend the original if somehow you've not read it, or seen the movie adaptation with the legendary Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.

Good news indeed.

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