Monday, July 13, 2015

Harper Lee Manuscript found in Safe Deposit Box

I don't know about you, but ever since I saw the documentary on PBS about the author of To Kill A Mockingbird, I have had so many questions. Some of them are slowly being answered. I was wondering who was the owner of the safe deposit box? Who was present when it was opened? Who overlooked the unknown manuscript? Is there yet a third unpublished book?

Read this article and the link within from the Wall Street Journal: Harper Lee may have written a third novel, lawyer suggests.
Read the article in the Wall Street Journal ~ (click on top article when link opens).

I'm still curious about another aspect of the unpublished Watchman book from 1957. I understand it is being printed exactly as written. They why did it take 2 whole years of edits before Harper Lee's Mockingbird was published? This doesn't make sense to me. This fact was in the Documentary Film on PBS. Just wondering!

Watch Here via PBS


JudyMac said...

Rosemary, I could be wrong -- and it wouldn't be the first time -- but I have a hunch that readers are going to be somewhat disappointed after reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. I mean, it would be a real stretch to top To Kill a Mockingbird, and quite a few writers have failed miserably in their second publication after their first has been a real biggie, regardless of whether it was their first book written. Book reviews don't necessarily dictate whether or not I read a book, but they can plant a negative or positive thought in the mind, and for those who read the New Youk Times, their review of the new book is far from glowing. It would seem to indicate, in my opinion, that maybe Harper Lee should have let a sleeping dog lie. If you read Go Set a Watchman and really like it, let us know. In the meantime, I'm going to wait for a few more reviews before I cross it off completely. Perhaps the reason she never published after Mockingbird was that she knew in her heart that nothing else could compare with its greatness.

Bonnie said...

You raise some interesting questions. I am anxiously awaiting for my copy of the new book to arrive. I ordered it back in March from one of my favorite bookstore in Mississippi. I' m wondering if it will be a hit or a miss. And, if it isn't good who will stand up and say so. Looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks!

Cathy said...

I don't think she ever meant for this book to be published. Most folks at home in south Alabama don't like the lawyer that "discovered" it and think she pulled a fast one. I guess we'll never know.