Every now and then, we get news like this that makes us incredibly happy. Ever since it was published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird became a classic of modern American literature. Actually, come to think about it, it’s one of the finest examples of American literature ever and the book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and countless other awards ever since.
And now, Ms. Harper Lee, who is 88 at the moment, announced that a sequel is going to be published. The announcement basically broke the Internet, since there are more than 50 years since the Alabama born writer published a book. The new book, called Go Set a Watchman, is set to be published on July 14, 2015 and it follows an adult Scout Finch who travels to Alabama to visit her father, Atticus Finch.
According to Harper Lee, the book was written in the mid-1950s, before To Kill a Mockingbird, and the title is derived from Isaiah 21:6, which reads "For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth." At the time, Lee’s editor liked the novel, but suggested that she write another one depicting a younger Scout Finch, so To Kill a Mockingbird was born. After that, the manuscript was lost and found last year by Harper Lee’s lawyer and, according to the publishers, the new book will have no revisions and will be published as originally written.
Previously on To Kill A Mockingbird…
— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) February 3, 2015
Rumor has it Scout comes out of a coma as her evil twin.
2 Kill A Mockingbird The Greater Gatsby Slaughterhouse VI let's see what else did we read in high school
— Daniel Kibblesmith (@kibblesmith) February 3, 2015
I preferred the prequel, Slaughterhouse Four.
To Kill a Mockingbird: Tokyo Drift
— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) February 3, 2015
To Kill a Mockingbird 2: Kill Harder
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) February 3, 2015
It's official: Harper Lee's next book is called "2 KILL 2 MOCKINGBIRDS: 2 FLOCKS 2 FURIOUS"
— Tom Brady Smith (@redletterdave) February 3, 2015
Of course, no sequel joke would be complete without the most notorious, so I’ll go ahead and add it right here: To Kill a Mockingbird 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Glad Harper Lee is putting out a 2nd novel, but so sad the publisher is chasing sales by calling it TO KILL A MOCKINGJAY.
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) February 3, 2015
Scout Finch and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Can't believe Harper Lee is coming out of retirement to write the novel adaptation of The Boy Next Door
— Sam Lansky (@samlansky) February 3, 2015
Or was it Gigli? (Throwback joke!)
Are people mad that Harper Lee's new novel is just an all-female reboot of "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
— Alison Leiby (@AlisonLeiby) February 3, 2015
Wait, but seriously.
The new Harper Lee novel is literally The Veronica Mars Movie: pic.twitter.com/ivJmeskG6x
— Rachel Fershleiser (@RachelFersh) February 3, 2015
Man, now I just have to watch the Veronica Mars movie again. I wonder if Lee is also #TeamLogan.
Another Harper Lee book ALREADY? Ugh, it's like she's James Patterson or something.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) February 3, 2015
Lazy author Harper Lee to release 2nd book.
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) February 3, 2015
“Certainly unattractive author publishes first book in 55 years.”
And now brace yourselves: The George R.R. Martin Games of Thrones jokes are coming:
it's been 65 years, but harper lee's sequel will still come out before george rr martin's next game of thronesOK, so that one is just a fact. But here:
— Felipe C (@egoistetx) February 3, 2015
Harper Lee and George RR Martin walk into a bar, the barman says... [You have to wait decades for the punchline]
— Barry (@QuantumPirate) February 3, 2015
All over the world people are hoping @GRRMspeaking dosen't hear about Harper Lee's 57 year hiatus http://t.co/n1cGW2yvLD
— Jason Anderson (@ANDERSTORMS) February 3, 2015
Oh but don’t worry, the man himself has something to say about that.
Harper Lee is going to publish a sequel after 55 years... and you people think I write slow.
— George RR Martin (@GeorgeRRMartin_) February 3, 2015