Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, announced that it will publish a new novel by Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning and hugely best-selling To Kill a Mockingbird. The new novel, Go Set a Watchman, will be published July 14.
Set during the mid-1950s, when it was completed, it was written before To Kill a Mockingbird and features that novel’s heroine, Scout (Jean Louise Finch), returning from New York to Maycomb, AL, as an adult to visit her father, Atticus Finch. The Civil Rights Movement was just beginning then, and Scout struggles to understand her father’s and her own attitudes toward the world in which she grew up.
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the world’s most read and most loved books. In 2006, for instance, it topped a list by British librarians of the one book every adult should read before dying, beating out the Bible. It’s also been a contentious book in this country, appearing regularly on the American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged books, most recently in 2011 in the No. 10 spot and as No. 21 on the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009.
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