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Harper Lee to Publish Follow-Up to 'Mockingbird'

Since it was published in 1960, "To Kill a Mockingbird" has entertained, engaged and set a moral compass for readers. It's has also offered up great baby names like Harper, Scout and Atticus.

Which is why avid and reluctant readers alike are celebrating today's announcement that a follow-up will come out this summer.

“Go Set a Watchman” will be Harper Lee's second novel. The 88-year-old Southerner actually wrote it before "To Kill a Mockingbird," which went on to sell more than 40 million copies.

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In a statement released by her publisher (Harper), Ms. Lee, 88, said that she wrote "Go Set a Watchman" first, but was asked by an editor to rewrite it from the point of view of Scout Finch, the protagonist in her acclaimed work.

Lee wrote the upcoming novel in the 1950s. It tells the story of a grown-up Scout, who looks back on her childhood and the lives of many of the same characters. The book takes place in Maycomb, Ala., after Scout returns from New York to visit her father Atticus.

In a statement from her publisher, Lee said that she had thought the manuscript for the first iteration of Scout's story had been destroyed.

“I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told,” she said, according to the New York Times. “I hadn’t realized it had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation, I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.”

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