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.
“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.