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Go Set a Watchman

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Go Set a Watchman

By Harper Lee

Harper, Hardcover, 9780062409850, 288pp.

Publication Date: July 14, 2015

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A historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch--Scout--struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee's enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.



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Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015

Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman has sold millions of copies, but some feel it has not lived up to the hype. A bookstore owner in Traverse City, Mich., is giving readers a refund � and an apology. More at NPR.org

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Saturday, Jul 18, 2015

The critics have already weighed in on Go Set A Watchman. Now regular readers have had a chance to assess Harper Lee's new book. We hear reactions from Lee's home state of Alabama. More at NPR.org

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Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Spencer Madrie, the owner of the Ol' Curiosities and Book Shoppe in downtown Monroeville, Ala., for the reaction to Harper Lee's latest book, Go Set a Watchman. More at NPR.org

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Monday, Jul 13, 2015

Depending on whom you ask, Go Set a Watchman is either a recently discovered first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird � or a failed sequel. Either way, critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "kind of a mess." More at NPR.org

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Sunday, Jul 12, 2015

Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird are in for a shock: In Harper Lee's new book, Go Set a Watchman, the beloved Atticus is a racist. NPR's Lynn Neary talks with Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan. More at NPR.org

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Friday, Jul 10, 2015

Lee once said she wanted to be the chronicler of "small-town, middle-class Southern life." Even without her highly anticipated second novel, Go Set a Watchman, many fans would say she succeeded. More at NPR.org

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Friday, Jul 10, 2015

The first chapter of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman was published Friday in the Wall Street Journal and the Guardian newspaper, in advance of the book's release next week. NPR shares a reading from the opening of the book that features familiar characters and a new one. More at NPR.org

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Monday, May 4, 2015

There's plenty of speculation about whether the octogenarian author really intended to release the manuscript, discovered by her lawyer last year. More at NPR.org

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Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015

News of a second novel has raised concerns that the To Kill a Mockingbird author is being taken advantage of in her old age. But friend Wayne Flynt says Lee, 88, can "understand what's going on." More at NPR.org

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Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015

The publisher Harper is releasing a new book by Harper in July � Harper Lee that is. It's a follow-up to To Kill A Mockingbird, though it was actually written first. More at NPR.org

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