BY ALEX GRUBER
“Go Set a Watchman” comes amid controversy.
Fans of “To Kill a Mockingbird” will have an anxious few months before they can read about theadventures of Scout Finch in her hometown of Maycomb, Alabama.
“Go Set a Watchman,” the sequel to Harper Lee’s best selling novel and staple of English classes in American high schools, is set for publication on July 14, 2015, by HarperCollins in the United States.
The book will follow the return of Scout Finch to Maycomb from New York City 20 years after the events of “To Kill a Mockingbird” took place as she “is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood,” according to HarperCollins.
“Go Set a Watchman” was actually written in the mid-1950s, a few years before “To Kill a Mockingbird” hit shelves in 1960. Lee’s editor convinced her to set the first novel aside and write a story from the perspective of a younger Scout. More than 40 million copies of that story have been sold worldwide, according to BBC News.
Lee believed “Go Set a Watchman” was lost until her lawyer Tonja Carter found it in the fall of 2014. The novel will be the first published by Lee since “To Kill a Mockingbird” and will be released unedited from its original version.
Many news agencies and individuals have expressed concern over the publication, fearing that Lee was coerced into releasing the novel. The author’s older sister, Alice, protected Lee’s privacy until her death in Nov. 2014. However, Lee has stated that she is “extremely hurt” by the claims, with many others asserting her full knowledge of and participation in the book’s release.
Whatever the case, the coming publication of “Go Set a Watchman” has created high enthusiasm among literary fans worldwide. Those in the U.S. will find their patience rewarded come July 14. Until then, they will simply have to watch and wait.