‘Go Set a Watchman’: The Long-Awaited Sequel to Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize Winner ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

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The literary world shared a collective gasp at the news that, 55 years after the publication of Harper Lee’s only novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, she intends to publish a sequel – Go Set A Watchman. 

The release of the sequel has been met with controversy, with suspicion of foul play by Lee’s close friend and attorney, Tonja Carter. Carter claims to have found the unpublished manuscript by accident. Nevertheless, it has been submitted to HarperCollins for release on July 14th 2015.

Lee’s first novel received critical acclaim that has lasted decades. A winner of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, it was written in 1960 and set in 1936. lt graciously tackles the taboo of of race inequality and slavery in a skilfully sentimental way. Through the eyes of the child protagonist, Jean ‘Scout’ Finch, we follow her father, Atticus Finch, in a criminal case wrought with racial tensions and the condemnation of an innocent black man in the Alabama county of Maycomb.

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