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New Harper Lee: GO SET A WATCHMAN

Amazing: Publisher Harper announced Tuesday that "Go Set a Watchman," a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14. Rediscovered last fall, "Go Set a Watchman" is essentially a sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird," although it was finished earlier. The 304-page book will be Lee's second, and the first new work in more than 50 years.

Here's an ABC News article/video: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/...-july-28687808.
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"To Kill a Mockingbird 2: Mockingbird's Revenge"

I don't fucking know.
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*ENOUGH* with the sequels already, Hollywood! How about some original ideas?

Considering that I only read To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time in 2013*, I probably won't get around to this book until 2051.

*That was a whirlwind week of reading the book, seeing the movie for the first time, and catching a performance of the stage play. (The woman who played Scout in the film did a Q&A after the latter.)
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"To Kill a Mockingbird 2: Mockingbird's Revenge"

I don't fucking know.
2 Kill 2 Mockingbirds
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Looking forward to this, ever since I read the first book have always wondered what happens to Scout as she gets older.
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If you haven't read the article, "Watchman" was written first, and "Mockingbird" was pulled from flashback scenes in that book. So we've been reading the prequel all along, and this is supposedly the original.
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Considering Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time, I will read this. I don't really have any expectations that it will be on the same level as Mockingbird, or it would have been published long ago.
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Isn't Harper Lee in poor health? Does she really want this book released? Or are other people taking advantage of her?
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^ I just read this Jezebel article called "Be Suspicious of the New Harper Lee Novel": http://jezebel.com/be-suspicious-of-...vel-1683488258
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It's sad if that speculation is true.

I'm a Game of Thrones viewer not reader (and this is a fake Martin account), but it still gave me a chuckle:

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Considering that it's arguably the great American novel written in the past century I don't see how you couldn't be excited for this.
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New Harper Lee, new J.D Salinger who'd have ever thunk it.
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So will it turn out that she originally intended the Mockingbird Saga to be in 9 parts, and incorporate an all digital Boo Radley in the "prequel"?
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Isn't Harper Lee in poor health? Does she really want this book released? Or are other people taking advantage of her?
Well, it's happened before.

Atticus Finch would object.

The aging author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” claims she was scammed into signing over the copyright to her classic novel by an unscrupulous literary agent who took advantage of her failing hearing and eyesight.

Harper Lee filed suit yesterday against Samuel Pinkus and others — including disgraced journalist Gerald Posner — to reclaim the copyright., which she says “should belong to her and no one else.”

The Manhattan federal-court filing also seeks all commissions received by companies controlled by Pinkus since 2007, along with unspecified damages, on grounds including breach of fiduciary duty and fraudulent inducement.

According to court papers, Lee — now 87 and living in an assisted-living facility since suffering a stroke — was for decades represented by the Mackintosh & Otis literary agency.

Her suit says the agency “acted appropriately” to make Lee money off her Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel, which has sold more than 30 million copies and was turned into an Oscar-winning movie starring Gregory Peck as saintly Atticus Finch.

But after agency owner Eugene Winick fell ill in 2002, his son-in-law Pinkus allegedly diverted several clients to a new company he controlled, “and then engaged in a scheme to dupe Harper Lee, then 80 years old with declining hearing and eyesight,” into signing over her “valuable” copyright for “no consideration.”

After securing the copyright, Pinkus transferred it to another company incorporated by Posner, who resigned as chief investigative reporter for The Daily Beast in 2010 amid plagiarism allegations.

Neither Pinkus nor Posner returned requests for comment.
On the other hand, depending on how badly she was taken advantage of, she may actually need the money.
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Comes out Tuesday. I totally forgot this is finally coming out.




Harper Lee Receives Copy of ‘Go Set a Watchman’ as Release Nears Tuesday.

Nearly 60 years after Harper Lee wrote “Go Set a Watchman,” the novel she hoped would be her literary debut, the 89-year-old author was handed a finished copy of the book at a private lunch in Monroeville, Ala., last week.

Despite the manuscript’s long and uncertain journey to publication, Ms. Lee seemed breezily self-assured about the book’s highly anticipated release next week, people who attended said.

After her publishers gave her the first copies off the presses of the American and British versions of “Watchman,” Ms. Lee was asked if she ever expected the novel to be published.

“Of course I did, don’t be silly,” she said, according to Lee Sentell, the director of the Alabama Tourism Department, who attended the lunch on June 30.

Ms. Lee sat next to Joy Brown, a longtime friend who lent her money when she was living in New York in the 1950s so she could focus on writing. Ms. Lee has poor eyesight and hearing and is largely confined to a nearby nursing home. But on this day she was animated and in good spirits, Mr. Sentell said. Wearing a black blouse and a black-and-white checked jacket, Ms. Lee signed copies of the book during lunch and chatted with people, he said.

The lunch was held at the Prop and Gavel, a restaurant in Monroeville’s town square that is owned by Ms. Lee’s lawyer, Tonja B. Carter, and her husband, Pat Carter, but is currently closed for business. A retinue of publishing industry executives flew in for the occasion, including Ms. Lee’s literary agent, Andrew Nurnberg; Michael Morrison, the president and publisher of HarperCollins; Jonathan Burnham, the publisher of Harper, a HarperCollins imprint; and Susan Sandon, managing director of a division of Penguin Random House UK, which is releasing the book in Britain.

“It was lovely to see Nelle’s delight in the book itself,” Ms. Sandon said in a statement, using the name Ms. Lee goes by among family and friends.

The rest of Monroeville will honor the book’s arrival on Tuesday with an elaborate celebration involving walking tours with stops at landmarks that appear in both “Mockingbird” and “Watchman” and a marathon reading of “Watchman” in the courtroom, now a museum, which inspired the setting for the dramatic courtroom scenes in “Mockingbird.” But for Ms. Lee, who is intensely private and has not granted a formal interview in decades, the intimate lunch was likely to be as large a celebration as she would endure.

“I’ve met with Nelle a handful of times, the first time in 1994, and one thing that has always remained constant is she doesn’t like to be fussed over,” said Mr. Morrison, who noted that when they were waiting for Ms. Lee to arrive at the restaurant, “It felt like we were waiting for a bride to show up.”

After the lunch, Mr. Sentell said he was asked to take Ms. Lee back to the Meadows, the assisted living facility where she lives. “I’ve never driven so carefully in my life,” he said.

Less than a week before the book’s publication, “Watchman” and the circumstances surrounding its discovery remain shrouded in mystery. The details of the plot have been closely guarded, and little is known about the story, which unfolds 20 years after “Mockingbird” and features the familiar characters Scout and Atticus Finch. The excitement surrounding the publication has been clouded by lingering questions about how and when the manuscript was discovered.

In a taped interview that Mr. Nurnberg, Ms. Lee’s agent, gave to Mr. Sentell before the lunch, he described his shock when Ms. Carter told him last September that she had discovered another manuscript by Ms. Lee. He read it and flew to Alabama to meet with the author. “I told Nelle I found it such a strong novel and I hoped she wanted to publish it, and asked would she like to read it again. She said: ‘Oh no, I remember it very well, no problem. But if you think people will enjoy it, let’s publish it,’ ” Mr. Nurnberg said in the interview, which Mr. Sentell played for The New York Times.

Mr. Nurnberg’s recollection differs with the February news release announcing the publication, in which HarperCollins said that Ms. Lee had been reluctant to release the book until she was reassured by others who had read it.

In the interview, Mr. Nurnberg also described a near-miss moment when, in 2013, he said he held the manuscript of “Watchman” without realizing it during a meeting with Ms. Carter. He said that she had asked him if he would like to see the original “Mockingbird” manuscript. He looked at the first few pages in a large stack, but did not read far enough to discover “Watchman” bundled at the back.

He said that after they left the bank vault where the manuscript was kept, Ms. Carter mentioned that she had detected differences, like characters that were not in “Mockingbird,” and that she suspected Ms. Lee had cut a great deal from the original draft. “I had it in my hand and had no idea,” he said, adding that Ms. Carter did not realize it was an entirely different book, either.

Mr. Nurnberg’s account of the novel’s discovery adds another layer to the evolving story of how the lost book was recovered.

While Ms. Carter has described finding it accidentally as she was reviewing the “Mockingbird” manuscript last August, another narrative suggests that the “Watchman” manuscript, or a version of it, might have been discovered several years earlier. In 2011, a rare books expert from Sotheby’s auction house traveled to Monroeville at the request of Ms. Lee’s former literary agent, Samuel Pinkus, to evaluate the manuscript of “Mockingbird” for insurance and other purposes.

When he looked at it, he saw that the characters were older, and pointed out the differences to Mr. Pinkus and Ms. Carter, according to a person briefed on his account. In a statement, Ms. Carter said she had escorted the men to the bank but left to run an errand before the manuscript was evaluated.

The debate about the book is likely to continue well after its release, as fans and scholars dissect the novel and weigh it against “Mockingbird.”

In his remarks to Mr. Sentell, Mr. Nurnberg predicted that readers would embrace the new book. “You open the first page, and you know immediately this is Harper Lee,” he said.

Correction: July 8, 2015
An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to the filming of courtroom scenes in the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The scenes were filmed on a set modeled after the courtroom in Monroeville, Ala., not at the courthouse itself.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/08/bo...ase-nears.html
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In all honesty, it sounds pretty shady--I'm reasonably sure everyone handling this is completely full of it, and obviously that's not a leap seeing as none of their stories line up. Yet I still can't wait to read it.
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The first chapter of Go Set a Watchman was released today: http://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-...-first-chapter

I enjoyed it but it is a bit clunky, and clearly the work of a first-time author, albeit an extremely talented first-time author. I will hold off on further comment except to say it's not really compatible with To Kill a Mockingbird based on a major event that is mentioned only in passing in this book.
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Interesting review from the NYTimes:

Review: Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Gives Atticus Finch a Dark Side
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I know it's my fault for clicking and reading the review but nytimes really should've posted a spoiler warning. Some other reviews i've read have been careful in not revealing plot and character details.
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It really sounds like this should not be read as a completed work but strictly a window into the creation process of Mockingbird. Which I am totally fine with, and as a wannabe writer I will find it fascinating. But it's going to disappoint a lot of people, including the part of me that was hopeful this would somehow serve as both a sequel and scholarly work.

It sort of reminds me of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn Among the Indians, which was an unfinished sequel to Huck Finn as sort of promised by Huck at the end of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. When I finally tracked it down I was disappointed, and wasn't sad that it ended abruptly as Twain realized it wasn't working. But that work had little of the hallmarks of Twain's writing, while at least the first chapter of Watchman had many of Lee's touches.
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Harper Lee Announces Third Novel, ‘My Excellent Caretaker Deserves My Entire Fortune’
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Awesome, great headline.
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It really sounds like this should not be read as a completed work but strictly a window into the creation process of Mockingbird. Which I am totally fine with, and as a wannabe writer I will find it fascinating. But it's going to disappoint a lot of people, including the part of me that was hopeful this would somehow serve as both a sequel and scholarly work.
http://mashable.com/2015/07/14/go-se...rd-harper-lee/

Though Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird share characters, settings and other vital elements, their stories and timelines can't be fully reconciled — unless you allow that one is "canon" and the other is not.

The natural impulse, of course, is to give Mockingbird the benefit of the doubt — it was published first, after all, and it stands as one of the best-loved novels in American history.

But what about the alternative — that Watchman is Jean Louise (a.k.a. Scout) Finch's reality, while To Kill a Mockingbird is a gauzy imagined past? A fantasy, through-a-child's eyes version of events, a Tennessee Williams-ian memory play that Jean Louise chose to write down after learning the heartbreaking truth about her father?
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There's 162 people waiting for this book at my library. I'm not in a hurry, so I put a hold on it.
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