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Keeping Harper Lee’s Privacy

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Alabama Judge signed order to keep the  details of To Kill a Mockingbird author’s will private, allowing only relatives and heirs to view it. Harper Lee did not wish for her private financial affairs to be matters of public discussion. Her lawyers stated, “Ms Lee left a considerable legacy for the public in her published works; it is not the public’s business what private legacy she left for the beneficiaries of her will.”

Lee’s second book, Go Set a Watchman last year sparked a barrage of accusations and claims,





Go Set A Watchman ——-Missing Text

Snapshotpink bag3_001Readers complained that there is missing sentences and paragraphs in the final pages of “Go Set A Watchman”. It is unknown how many of the books purchased are missing the pieces of text. The  Publisher Penguin Random House, said the misprint occurred after an error at the printers resulted in six pages towards the end of the UK edition.  Replacement copies are currently being printed to resolve the issue. Many of the misprinted books were sold through Amazon, which sent an email on Wednesday to all customers who had purchased Go Set a Watchman and offered to replace all books with missing text free of charge.

A pile of copies of the UK edition of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman

The UK edition of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman sold more than 105,000 copies on release day but some were missing text in the final pages. Photograph: Hannah McKay/PA

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African-American students attempt to get served at a lunch counter reserved for white customers in Virginia in 1960.

African-American students attempt to get served at a lunch counter reserved for white customers in Virginia in 1960. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

Atticus as a fictional character that meets his daughter’s eye in Mockingbird. There he appears to be a champion of civil rights, but in the (fictional) truth revealed in Watchman, he is “really” a racist. This is typical in the North of the United Aversive racism

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For Thus Hath The Lord Said Unto Me, Go, Set A Watchman, Let Him Declare What He Seeth.


Incredible timing in the release of Harper Lee’s” Go Set A Watchman”, which was actually written before to “Kill A Mockingbird”. Today, we still have racial strife, murder, and inequalities in 2015.The Guardian has released an excerpt of the first chapter from Go Set A Watchman

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Go Set A Watchman Coming July 14, 2015

The sequel To Kill A Mocking bird , Go Set A Watchman is to be released July 14, 2015.

New details have emerged that call into question the official story of how and when the work was discovered after being stored in a safe-deposit box for many years. According to both Tonja Carter, Harper Lee’s lawyer, and the publisher HarperCollins, Carter stumbled upon the typewritten text when she was rummaging around a batch of old documents last August.

But the New York Times on Thursday provide a very different series of events. According to the newspaper, Go Set a Watchman was found almost three years earlier – by a rare books expert from the Sotheby’s auction house, who was asked to review documents held in a safe-deposit box in Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where she lives today in a nursing home.

At a meeting in October 2011, the paper reports, the Sotheby’s expert, Justin Caldwell, came across the manuscript of a novel that he noticed as distinct from To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee’s celebrated account of the racial fault lines of a small town in the deep south told through the eyes of a child named Scout.

Go Set a Watchman is described as a “parent” book to Kill a Mockingbird – though it is set 20 years after the famous novel, in the same fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, it was in fact written before Mockingbird, with Lee having been encouraged by her then editors to have another go.

On the night of the launch, excerpts will be read at New York’s 92nd Street Y by Mary Badham, who played Scout alongside Gregory Peck in the legendary 1962 film version of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird Set To Go Digital


After years of resistance to digital mediums, Harper Lee relented and released her classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” in e-book and digital audiobook formats last summer. Harper lee’s new novel Go Set a Watchman,” is set for a July 14 release. Lee says she is still loves dusty books and libraries. Some in Lee’s hometown of Monroeville had questioned whether the 88-year-old was able to give consent to the publication. Alabama officials on Monday closed a brief elder-abuse investigation of Pulitzer-Prize winning author Harper Lee — and found no wrongdoing — following the surprise announcement earlier this year that a sequel to her classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” will soon hit bookstores.

Harper Lee first submitted Go Set a Watchman  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.

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