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Old 02-03-2015, 09:00 AM
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Second Harper Lee Novel to Be Published in July - ABC News

Turns out that Ms. Lee ("To Kill a Mockingbird") had written a book prior to Mockingbird, dealing with Scout as an adult, who has flashbacks to her life as a youth.

According to the link, her editor was charmed by the flashbacks, and urged Ms. Lee to write a novel about Scout's youth from Scout's point of view, which she henceforth did (Mockingbird). Ms. Lee set aside the first book, and afterwards thought it was lost. But, it was recently discovered and deemed worthy of publication, set for this summer.

Yeah!
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Old 02-03-2015, 09:11 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I am going to love it im sure thanks for the info .
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Old 02-03-2015, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Wow. My first thought was that I woke up on April 1st this morning. But it appears to be legit. This is huge.
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Old 02-03-2015, 11:24 AM
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On the news I was listening to just now they proclaimed that Ms. Lee 'wrote a new novel'.

Yes, if by 'wrote' you mean in the 1950s. I wish the news would get it right.

I am pleased that Ms. Lee is allowing her first book (for so it is) to be published. I had always thought that she was like Margaret Mitchell, who refused to write another book after Gone With The Wind, since (or so it is assumed) she was afraid that any new book she wrote would be 'compared' to GWTW, unfavorably. Death released her from that worry.

Anyway, I imagine that one reason for the magnificence of Mockingbird is because she had written this first book, which would have been a learning experience for her (she had written some articles before that).

Like many, I must not let my expectations get too high. Nevertheless, I will be glad to read the book.
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Old 02-03-2015, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Maine
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The thing to keep in mind about TKaM: The first drafts needed a lot of work. Harper Lee wrote what is probably the greatest American novel. But she did it with A LOT of help from a very good editor. I'm hoping the same is true with this book. Publishing has changed a lot in 60 years, and these days, all too many editors are contract negotiators and deal-makers rather than first critic of a story.
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Land of Enchantment
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July 14th is marked on my calendar. I can't wait.
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Old 02-03-2015, 10:33 PM
 
Location: DFW/Texas
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I already have the book noted on my Amazon account. I was reading some sites that claim that Harper Lee is barely able to function from having a stroke several years ago and there is speculation that her newer attorney may be taking advantage of her. I also read that Ms. Lee signs whatever people put in front of her without truly understanding the content. All speculation, of course, but it does make for a good story. I can only imagine what this "new" book is going to be like!
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Old 02-04-2015, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I await the release with delight...hoping it's not a disappointment and will reread once again Mockingbird
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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I AM SO EXCITED! To Kill a MockingBird is one of my favorite books ever, if not my very favorite. Can't wait to read it!
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Old 02-04-2015, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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It would be interesting to know how many people in the world have actually read the manuscript.

I, for one, am perfectly willing to wait until the hullaballoo dies down, and then read it if people still think it is good. I don't mind reading books or seeing movies years after their release, or not reading them, according to their merit. I didn't read "Mockingbird" until used copies of it started showing up in thriftshops.
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