First Chapter of Harper Lee’s Lost Novel is Published

‘Go Set a Watchman’ was written in the 1950s, however the manuscript was lost and found only several years ago.

The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal published chapter one of Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman which will be available for sale on July 14th. The audio version of the first chapter narrated by Reese Witherspoon is also available online.

The writer completed the novel back in the 1950s before To Kill a Mockingbird was published. For a long time it was believed that the Go Set a Watchman manuscript was lost. It was found by accident in a safe deposit box in an Alabama bank in 2011 by a Lee’s friend and lawyer.

“I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years,” admitted the 89-year old author.

The storyline of the new novel takes readers back to the 1950s. It’s a follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird. The book features Atticus Finch and his daughter Scout twenty years after the events portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird.

(Illustration in the cover: The Guardian)

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