Harper Lee has announced that she is publishing a follow-up to her classic novel To a Kill a Mockingbird and, as expected, the world has something to say about it.
Some baffled Twitter users seeing photos of 88-year-old Lee on their newsfeeds are feeling ignorant after years thinking she was in fact a he, while others have taken the opportunity to berate Game of Thrones author George RR Martin for his own delay in publishing more books.
There are the (in some cases overwhelmingly) excited book fans, those with their serious doubts and others who reckon Lee is merely doing it for a cheeky "cash-in".
Described as "essentially a sequel", Go Set a Watchman will see Scout return to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Attitcus, Lee's publisher confirmed.
"But I thought Harper Lee was a man!"
My English teacher in 3rd year thought Harper Lee was a man. Not 3rd class, 3rd year! English teacher! Shame on you Mr. Coughlan...— Darren McMahon (@DarrenMcMahon54) February 3, 2015
So it turns out Evelyn Waugh is in fact a man, and Harper Lee is a woman. I'm going to sit in a corner now and solemnly ponder my ignorance.— Lucy (@lucyliz) December 23, 2014
It's a testament to my internalised misogyny (and lack of knowledge of literature) that I thought Harper Lee was a man until 10 minutes ago— Emma (@emjkl) February 3, 2015
Hey but all my life I thought Harper Lee was a man............— y (@YumTim) February 3, 2015
Embarrassing! I've always thought Harper Lee was a man. Doh! #whatanidiot— Kevin Hughes (@nklilbot) February 3, 2015
"No pressure, George RR Martin!"
Hey, George R.R. Martin. Harper Lee is publishing another book. That's your cue, man.— Corey Clark/TDO.com (@Corey_Clark) February 3, 2015
Harper Lee has a second book coming out. So basically this gives George RR Martin a bit of leeway so stop whining.— Rob (@Tarpo) February 3, 2015
Harper Lee is writing a sequel to 'To Kill As Mockingbird' before George RR Martin completes A Song of Ice and Fire. I'm shocked yet not.— Weldie (@Weldibeast) February 3, 2015
"I'll work on my sequel for years if that's what it takes, quit bugging me!" - George RR Martin "Try 55 years, punk." - Harper Lee— John Hayward (@Doc_0) February 3, 2015
Harper Lee's second book would come out over 55 years after the original. So she was just writing at the same pace as George RR Martin.— Brian Wishart (@bwishart) February 3, 2015
by James Watson (6% of vote) by Adam Smith (7% of vote) 9% of vote AFP/Getty Images by Harper Lee (10% of vote) by Isaac Newton (12% of vote) Getty Images by George Orwell (14% of vote) by Albert Einstein (15% of vote) GettyImages by Stephen Hawking (17%) Getty Images by Charles Darwin (35%) Getty Images The Bible edged ahead of Darwin's text with 37% of the vote Getty Images
The 10 books voted most valuable to humanity
The 10 books voted most valuable to humanity
10) The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
9) An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
8) The Qur'an
7) To Kill a Mockingbird
6) Philosophiae Naturalis Principa Mathematica
5) Nineteen-Eighty Four
4) Relativity: The Special and General Theory
3) A Brief History of Time
2) On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
1) The Bible
by James Watson (6% of vote)
by Adam Smith (7% of vote)
9% of vote
by Harper Lee (10% of vote)
by Isaac Newton (12% of vote)
by George Orwell (14% of vote)
by Albert Einstein (15% of vote)
by Stephen Hawking (17%)
by Charles Darwin (35%)
The Bible edged ahead of Darwin's text with 37% of the vote
Those in favour...
i immediately want to re-read to kill a mockingbird oh god I'm screaming— tayloface (@omgschilling) February 3, 2015
To Kill a Mockingbird "sequel" coming out this July oh god someone hold me I'm crying— Gabriella Salazar (@gabbysalazar_) February 3, 2015
I love To Kill A Mockingbird. Honest to god affection. I will still love it no matter what. If Harper wants to put it out, I'll read it.— Derek Hoffman (@brghtidea) February 3, 2015
Harper Lee is writing a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird?! Let me just be a bit of a nerd for a moment. YAY!— Scotty (@ProfessorSMF) February 3, 2015
...and those against
To Overkill A Mockingbird. #HarperLee— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 3, 2015
These are terrible jokes, guys. To Kill a Mockingbird? More like beating a mockingbird to death. Badum ching.— Taffy BrodesserAkner (@taffyakner) February 3, 2015
I feel like #GoSetaWatchman might just provide Hollywood an excuse to remake To Kill a Mockingbird, which would be a terrible tragedy.— jodi green (@jodilicious) February 3, 2015
I hope after all this time, Harper Lee has managed to write a decent book this time. To Kill a Mockingbird was awful.— Simon farrow (@Charliemouse8) February 3, 2015
"[Scout] is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood," a statement about the upcoming book read.
Lee finished the 304-page novel before starting work on To Kill a Mockingbird but decided to put it on the back-burner after her editor suggested writing about Scout as a child, the Associated Press reports.
"I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years," 88-year-old Lee said.
Go Set a Watchman will be published this coming summer on 14 July.Reuse content