Harper Lee Publishing 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sequel

The author known for the famed book following Scout and her father, Atticus Finch, to release second novel more than 50 years later.
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Transcript for Harper Lee Publishing 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sequel
it with you. A bombshell in the book world. The follow-up we've been waiting more than 50 years for. "To kill a mockingbird" author Harper lee says she will finally release a sequel to her beloved American classic, a prequel, I dare say actually but turns out it was written decades ago. It's the story that taught us justice isn't always black or white. Do your duty. Reporter: And that goodness exists where you least expect it. Hey, boo. Reporter: The pulitzer prize winning book, "To kill a mockingbird" has sold over 40 million copies and is a must read for every American high school student. But while the book has been a best-seller for more than 50 years its awe that are Harper lee remains one of the most private in history so it was great surprise this morning in publishing circles the 88-year-old lee who published only one book has suddenly discovered the missing manuscript for her long rumored second book, "Go set a watchman." Now set for a July 2015 release. Watchman was written before "Mockingbird" and was a prequel starring Atticus finch and scout as an adult woman who moves back home from New York City but the miss 2ri remains where has "The watchman" been and why did lee just decide to release it. 55 years after the release of her only other book. After suffering a stroke eight years ago, the 88-year-old who never publicly commented on "Mockingbird's" success resighs a nursing home where she is deaf and blind. Lee's lawyer found the manuscript earlier this year attached to a copy of "To kill a mockingbird." Lee put out a statement saying, I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years. But her book agent at harper-collins says she didn't hear about the manuscript till this week and many are wondering if lee ever wanted this published. So a lot of speculation. Among the speculation throughout the years many believe that the reason that lee only published one book was because the success of "Mockingbird" so overwhelming she felt anything she ever did would never quite measure up. She talked about that a lot. She did talk about that so you do have to wonder. I've always wondered. You have a daughter named Harper named after the author. Sort of. Ali -- Harper came to her in a dream. She woke up that morning and said, I think her name is Harper and I thought of Harper lee so I said, great, and that was it. And the rest as they say is history. Is history. I love how we learn nuggets

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