Monday, May 27, 2024

“To Kill a Mockingbird” Sequel to Be Published — 2nd Ever Book by Harper Lee


Harper Lee,88, and a recluse, has agreed to publish the sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird.” HarperCollins (no relation to the author) will bring out “Go Set a Watchman” on July 14th in what will be the publishing event of the century. “To Kill a Mockingbird” was published in July 1960 and went on to become an American classic. Lee says in a statement that she actually finished “Watchman” in the 1950s.

“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.”

Harper Collins will print 2 million copies, not to mention, I’m sure, another huge printing of “Mockingbird.”

“To Kill A Mockingbird” became a famous movie with Gregory Peck, as we all know,with  a young Robert Duvall, Alice Ghostley, Rosemary Murphy, and Brock Peters (pictured). The clamor for these parts, as well as director and writer, will be overwhelming. People we don’t want to see in these roles: DiCaprio (Peck), and either Tate Taylor or Robert Harling directing or writing.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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