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Yes, but once she had the "star power" to have it published despite the earlier rejection, it seems that she chose not to. Perhaps the creator's decision should have been respected by her estate.
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She's still alive isn't she?

And she chose to publish it.

I saw some people from her home town on television a couple of nights ago - they visited with her recently and she still has all her marbles, and wants the book published, according to them.
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I had the impression this book was written before Mockingbird," but am not sure now.

A quick search doesn't clarify. Was it rewritten or edited? Lazy this morning -- hope someone knows.
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My wife answered the question. This is not a "sequel" as hyped a sit was written before 'Mockingbird" at the request of Harper Lee's publisher.

Apparently, the contrast of few is part of the vitality of the book.

Remember that Mockingbird was though the eys of a six year old girl with hero worhsip.

To find that her father's views seem different 20 year later does not mean they have changed, only that her perceptions have changed.

I look forward to reading it when the price comes down -- just to see how much of the dialogue is just a father trying to prepare his daughter for the world of the 50's.
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She's still alive isn't she?

And she chose to publish it.

You're correct! My bad.

I don't know what I was thinking above. Let me try again ...

She tried to publish it. It was rejected. She was told to try again. Her follow up was published. Perhaps that sort of ruled out publishing her earlier novel then at the time due to the contradictions in the two books. Then she lost the manuscript (according to the NYTimes article and others) until her lawyer rediscovered it amongst some old files.
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My wife answered the question. This is not a "sequel" as hyped a sit was written before 'Mockingbird" at the request of Harper Lee's publisher.

Apparently, the contrast of few is part of the vitality of the book.

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I'm not sure what you're saying possibly because of some typos?

Anyway, I haven't seen it hyped as a "sequel".

Go Set A Watchman was written first and submitted. The publisher made suggestions for changes which is what caused her to write To Kill a Mockingbird.

So, in some ways, it's kind of the same story told from different perspectives. (I realize the changes are too dramatic to really call it the same story but Mockingbird originated with Watchman.)
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Two of the first items provided by Google used the word "sequel." It takes a while for my hands to work in the morning, sorry.

This is OK, I guess, since the story takes place 20 years later, but the idea of "sequel" prompted the post above about a trilogy.

I think there is a desire to sell this book as "a new release" in the same way the latest HP book has hyped.

Some blurb on TV also referred to "the book that will beat out Harry Potter"

I obviously agree with your appraisal of the stories, excited as to how people's view of an event changes over time.

But then, it must have been the publisher who was farsighted.
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I never thought TKAM was a very good book. It's an Emperor's clothes thing; if you disagree, somehow you are an uneducated buffoon. I think the eggheads all agree for fear that stating the obvious means something must be wrong with them, since everyone else seems to see the clothing ..er, I mean the "masterpiece".

I suspect that Harper Lee knows it, since she never again tried to write a book. Smart move. Why take a chance at being seen a fraud?
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Whatever. It remains one of the best selling and most highly regarded American novels of all time. And there aren't anywhere enough "eggheads"(to quote your condescending pejorative) to account for that.
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It wasn't a condescending pejorative. It's a common slang term for an intellectual.

I suspect part (most) of those sales numbers is because it's commonly required reading in schools, not by choice.
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I haven't read it since high school. It'd be interesting to read it again now and see if it holds up.
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Why do you suppose it's commonly required reading in schools?
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It wasn't a condescending pejorative. It's a common slang term for an intellectual.

Common slang, but also a common condescending pejorative. Unless you find these descriptions / definitions flattering:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/egghead

"a highly educated person who may not know much about real life"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egghead

"In the American English slang, egghead is an anti-intellectual epithet used to refer to intellectuals or people considered too out-of-touch with ordinary people and too lacking in realism, common sense, virility, etc. on account of their intellectual interests. It was part of a widespread anti-elitist social movement ..."
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Jack- I read it again last December during the week I was performing at the Castle. It was actually far better than I thought when I first read it in high school. One of the best books I've ever read, in fact.
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Balducci-

Apparently only eggheads use dictionaries and care about the meaning and nuances of words. Smile
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I suspect part (most) of those sales numbers is because it's commonly required reading in schools, not by choice.

TKAM was published on July 11, 1960.

Reader's Digest Condensed Books chose the book for reprinting almost immediately, and it appeared there also in summer of 1960.

That is what gave it its initial wide readership. It was basically recognized immediately as a popular modern classic.
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Balducci-

Apparently only eggheads use dictionaries and care about the meaning and nuances of words. Smile

Honestly, I chuckled at Starrpower referring to anyone else as an 'egghead'. Smile
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LOL!
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Yes, balducci, that's what I said. Anyone but me is an egghead. All the 7 billion people on planet Earth. Those were almost my exact words, in fact.

It makes me wonder how you interpret posts by other people.
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Talk about a thin shell!
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