Go Set A Watchman and To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee might have a third novel waiting in the wings. At least that’s what an attorney for the 89-year-old shared last week.
Attorney Tonja Carter discovered Go Set A Watchman in a safe deposit box about a year ago. She hinted there may be another manuscript as well after returning to the safe deposit box just last week to see if there were any “other things hiding in plain sight.”
“What we found was extraordinary and surprised even me,” Carter writes in a piece for the Wall Street Journal. “Remember the partially opened mailer from Lippincott that the publisher had sent to Alice Lee in 1961? Well, my colleague very carefully removed its contents, which were about 300 pages of typed manuscript. It was clear to us that what was in the package had not been removed since it was first mailed.”
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 12, 2015
Carter reports finding both Go Set A Watchman and To Kill A Mockingbird sitting “underneath a stack of a significant number of pages of another typed text.”
“Was it an earlier draft of Watchman, or of Mockingbird, or even, as early correspondence indicates it might be, a third book bridging the two? I don’t know,” she writes.
Have you read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee? What’s your take on Atticus Finch?
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 13, 2015
Go Set A Watchman goes on sale Tuesday. It is expected to be an instant best-seller.