Thursday, February 5, 2015

In the Stacks: Go Set a Watchman

              "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."
- from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Harper Lee with actress Mary Badham who played Scout in the 1962 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird - ( Photo source: REX)

I can distinctly remember the summer I discovered Harper Lee. I was 11 years old... exactly the same age as my boys are now. To Kill a Mockingbird stuck with me and I always wondered whatever happened to Harper Lee. Where did her joy for storytelling go? I always wanted to hear more from her, didn't you?

As you will recall, Harper Lee took the Pulitzer Prize for her debut novel, To Kill a Mockingbird 55 years ago, while Gregory Peck carried home the Oscar for his role in the film adaptation of the book. Now, all these years later, at the age of 88, Lee has just announced the forthcoming publication of her new book Go Set a Watchman.

What happened to Harper Lee after To Kill a Mockingbird propelled her instantly to a life of recognition and fame? By all accounts, she was so shocked by the publication and overwhelming reception of her debut novel, she retreated to a quiet life away from the public eye. Lee's novel sold over 30 million copies and continues to sell over a million more each year.

"The original manuscript of the novel was considered to have been lost until fall 2014, when Tonja Carter (Harper Lee's attorney) discovered it in a secure location where it had been affixed to an original typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird."
- US Publisher HarperCollins

Unbelievable, right? Lee is said to be "surprised and delighted" that the manuscript she had long thought lost has been recovered and is worthy of publishing.

How humble. Are you kidding, Ms. Lee?! We will be waiting with bated breath until this summer when Go Set a Watchman is due to hit book stores. The story, set 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, will follow the adult Scout as she returns home to Maycomb, Alabama to visit her father, Atticus. 

Finally, we can curl up on a beach chair on a sunny, summer afternoon and hear more from Harper Lee.

Read this beautiful letter Harper Lee wrote to Oprah Winfrey regarding Lee's love of books. Get To Kill a Mockingbird here for under $5.00!

I highly recommend Pam Allyn's book What To Read When - The books and stories to read with your child- and all the best times to read them:

We also recommend Best Books For Boys by Pam Allyn:

This post compiled to a throwback to another forgotten artist, Daryl Hall. Sara Smile - Daryl Hall at home with Rumer.

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