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On Wednesday, Publisher HarperCollins released the cover of Harper Lee’s second novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” slated for release this summer.
The company’s president Michael Morrison said the design evoked the decade in which Lee wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
The new cover, which displays sparse leaves on a tree, a railroad track and a distant train, appears to be a spiritual twin to the leafy oak tree on the cover of Lee’s 1960 classic. Lee’s “Watchman” again features Scout — this time as an adult, returning to the fabled town of Maycomb, Alabama to visit her father, lawyer Atticus Finch.
“[T]he book begins with Scout’s train ride home, but more profoundly, it is about the journey Harper Lee’s beloved characters have taken in the subsequent 20 years of their lives,” Morrison said in a statement.
Although events surrounding the book’s rediscovery raised suspicions, the Alabama Securities Commission ruled that the 88-year-old author was of sound mind and wanted the book to be published.
Watch chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown’s conversation with filmmaker Mary Murphy and novelist Wally Lamb about the discovery of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman.”
HarperCollins will be printing two million copies of “Watchman” for July publication, 55 years after “Mockingbird” was released.
Joshua Barajas is the arts editor for the NewsHour. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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