FROM Charles Shields
Harper Lee Dies Author Harper Lee died today in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. She was 89 years old. Her famous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird , explored racial tensions in the South through the eyes of a young girl – the beloved Scout. Tens of millions of copies have been sold. It became one of the most taught works of fiction ever written by an American author, and it solidified a place in the hearts of so many readers for Harper Lee. Today, we hear from someone in the town where she was born and died, and from a biographer.
Inside Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set A Watchman’ For more than half a century, Atticus Finch has been a model of integrity and tolerance for millions of readers. Now that’s changed. In Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s follow up to To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus has turned into a racist. The novel is finally on sale and it promises to be a huge best seller. We take a closer look at the book and the strange story of how Go Set a Watchman came to be.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” Sequel Coming This Summer Huge news from the book world today: Harper Lee has announced she’ll publish a sequel to her classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s called Go Set a Watchman, and it comes out July 14th. Lee is 88 years old. She never published another novel after Mockingbird, which has sold more than 40 million copies and has been translated into more than 40 languages. What’s the new book about, and why now?
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