Book(s) of the Month: Harper Lee

Book(s) of the Month: Harper Lee

tokillamockingbirdAt Literary Affairs we like nothing better than a good pairing. Wine and a book is good but even more satisfying is two great novels. With the July release of the heavily-hyped new book by Harper Lee, Go Set A Watchman, this summer is the perfect time to not only re-read the American classic To Kill a Mockingbird, but also an opportunity to discuss it in relation to her only other published work.

Go Set a Watchman was actually written prior to To Kill a Mockingbird and features the same characters set twenty years later. There has been a great deal of controversy as to the actual discovery of the manuscript, and whether or not Harper Lee wanted it published. Many believe that it is merely the precursor that became To Kill A Mockingbird after two years of editing. Whatever it is, whatever it was, it is certainly worth reading. According to the publisher, Lee’s new novel has recorded the highest number of pre-sales in its history; therefore, be in the know and voice your own opinion after enjoying an enduring favorite and an exciting new release.Go_Set_a_Watchman

About the Author

Nelle Harper Lee is known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, her only major work. In 1999, it was voted “Best Novel of the Century” in a poll by Library Journal. Ms. Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature in 2007. Her father was a lawyer who served in the Alabama state legislature from 1926 to 1938. As a child, Lee was a tomboy and enjoyed the friendship of her schoolmate, Truman Capote. After completing To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee accompanied Capote to Holcomb, Kansas, to assist him in researching his bestselling book, In Cold Blood. Since publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee has granted very few requests for interviews or public appearances. Her second novel, Go Set a Watchman, is scheduled to be released in July, 2015.

Beyond the Book

New York Times – Go Set A Watchman May Have Been Found Earlier Than Thought

Wall Street Journal – Harper Lee’s ‘Watchman’ Sends ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Soaring

The Guardian – Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set a Watchman is a bolt from the blue