HarperCollins has revealed the cover of Harper Lee’s highly anticipated new book, “Go Set a Watchman.”
Two million copies are being printed for the book’s July 14 release, a spokeswoman for the publishing house told People magazine on Wednesday.
The 304-page book will be Lee’s first novel since her 1960 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The cover art for the new book was designed to evoke the now-iconic look of “Mockingbird,” drawing “on the style of the decade the book was written,” HarperCollins president Michael Morrison told People.
“Watchman,” first announced last month, has been described as a “Mockingbird” sequel. Like “Mockingbird,” it’s set in Maycomb, Ala.
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“In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called ‘Go Set a Watchman,’” the 88-year-old Lee said in a statement released by HarperCollins last month.
“It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became ‘To Kill a Mockingbird') from the point of view of the young Scout.
“I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realized it (the original book) 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.”
HarperCollins president Morrison said that with “so many wonderful parts” to the new narrative “it was hard to pick just one iconic image to represent the book.”