Harper Lee’s new novel
Harper Lee is born April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She is an American novelist known as an author of To Kill a Mockingbird, book from 1960’s. Although she published just this book, (the plot was racism she observed in her hometown) it was very popular and even got a Pulitzer Prize. Harper Lee was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and many honorary degrees.
55 years after publishing of To Kill a Mockingbird, novel, Lee Harper will publish a sequel. It was written before her first book, but the action is set 20 years after. In this book, the main character, Scout is returning to her home of Maycomb from New York and many already known characters are present.
Today Lee Harper is deaf and totally blind. She is living in an assisted facility in Monroeville (the small Alabama town where she was growing up).
The new book is called Go set a Watchmen, and publishing deal was negotiated between Tonja Carter, Harper’s attorney and the US publisher Harper Collins. Tonja Carter is a close friend of Harper Lee, so her statement that the manuscript for Go set a Watchmen was lost from early 50’s, is certainly the truth. Even Harper Lee said that she wrote the manuscript in 1955, but it was lost. She found this manuscript three months ago.
In 2013, Harper Lee filed two lawsuits, the first was in New York, related to Samuel Pinkus (son-in-law of the Harper’s agent, Eugene Winick). She accused him of duping her into signing over copyright for her first book. The second one against Monroeville’s local museum. Reason was, that the local museum was using her fame and prestige in order to gain profit, but without compensation for her.