Go Set a Watchman


Go Set a Watchman is a novel by Harper Lee published on July 14, 2015, by HarperCollins in the United States and William Heinemann in the United Kingdom. Although publicized as a sequel, it is actually the first draft (Lee herself referred to it as the "parent")[2] of her first and only other published novel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird (1960).[2][3] The title comes from Isaiah 21:6: "For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth."[4] It alludes to Jean Louise Finch's view of her father, Atticus Finch, as the moral compass ("watchman") of Maycomb,[5] and has a theme of disillusionment, as she realizes the extent of the bigotry in her home community.

The book's unexpected and controversial[6][7][8] discovery, decades after it was written, together with the exceptional renown of the author's only other book, an American classic, caused its publication to be highly anticipated; Amazon stated that it was their "most pre-ordered book" since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007,[9] and stores arranged all-night openings from midnight to cope with expected demand.[10]

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