NEW YORK – A controversy rages whether the novelist Harper Lee is of sound mind; a week after Harper Collins, publisher, surprised the literary world when it was announced that she will be publishing her second novel.
Fans and writers were both excited hearing about the release of Lee’s second novel after the success of her previous masterpiece “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
They were even more stunned when they learned that it was a manuscript written 6 decades ago when she was told by an editor to recast the book into what is known now as “Mockingbird.”
Lee’s lawyer, Tonja Carter, found “Go Set a Watchman” which was finished in the mid 1950s, and it turns out that this piece features many of the same characters of “Mockingbird.”
But could Lee, who often said she would never publish again, really be delighted if a manuscript discarded a long time ago will be able to get into the picture?
English professor Diane Roberts of Florida State University, who specializes in Southern culture, explained that the author probably did not count the manuscript when deciding next to a second novel.
Choosing to live a private life and refusing to be part of interviews– she let others fill the empty space with their own, speculative thoughts.
Lee has lived in a nursing home in Monroeville, Alabama since 2007, and it is known that she is deaf and has poor eye sight, so all requests for visits reportedly go through her lawyer.
Carter took on the role of Lee’s porter after the author’s sister Alice passed away last summer.
Recently at The New York Times, Lee has been defended by Carter against the rumors that she was being manipulated.
Last week, Carter gave a statement telling fans that Lee is happy for the release of the new book.
Lee, who seldom talks to the media, mentioned through Harper Collins that she was humbled and amazed that the manuscript can now be released after so many years.
“Go Set a Watchman” is already at the number one spot in the best-seller list at Amazon online bookstore where the 304-page hardback is available for pre-order before its release on July.
It was reported that Lee’s friend, Wayne Flynt, visited her one day before the news about the book came out and stated she was of sound mind.