To Kill a Mockingbird 2

mockHarper Lee wird dieses Jahr ihren zweites Roman veröffentlichen. Die Dame hatte 1960 den Rassismus-Klassiker To Kill a Mockingbird geschrieben, damit dann jeden Preis abgeräumt, den es gibt, und danach nie wieder ein Buch veröffentlicht. Bis jetzt. Go Set a Watchman ist ein Sequel zu Mockingbird und Frau Lee hatte es bereits in den 50ern geschrieben, jetzt wurde das Manuskript von ihrem Anwalt (!) wiederentdeckt. Das Buch zu Mockingbird hatte ich nie gelesen, aber die Verfilmung mit Gregory Peck ist einer meiner Lieblingsklassiker.

Lee said in an announcement from her publisher, Penguin Random House, that she completed Go Set a Watchman in the mid-1950s, but set it aside after the publication of her debut and never returned to it. “It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman and I thought it a pretty decent effort,” said the reclusive writer. “My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel from the point of view of the young Scout. I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told.”

Lee said today that she “hadn’t realised” the book had survived, “so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it”. Carter found the manuscript, said the publisher, “in a secure location where it had been affixed to an original typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird”.

Guardian: Harper Lee to publish new novel, 55 years after To Kill a Mockingbird