Harper Lee’s lawyer has claimed to find the To Kill a Mockingbird prequel but new reports suggest a different story.
On the night of most awaited publishing even in years there is another strange story behind how Harper Lee’s novel “Go Set a Watchman” made its way to publication. This new development has raised eyebrows on the previous story of how the book was discovered back in February.
According to HarperCollins the publisher and Tonja B. Carter who is Ms. Lee’s lawyer, Ms. Carter was looking for an old typescript of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in August and she shockingly found this anticipated novel. Ms. Carter in an interview stated that she was really surprised and shocked to find it there.
However now there is a new twist in this story of finding the novel and according to this new story it seems that the much anticipated novel may have been found years earlier in October 2011, according to a report by NYTimes.
This was when Justin Caldwell a rare books expert from Sotheby’s auction house flew to Alabama in order to meet with Ms. Carter and Samuel Pinkus who was at that time Ms. Lee’s literary agent as he wanted to appraise a Mockingbird manuscript for insurance and some other purposes.
Now the different accounts of the book finding story raises questions about whether the book had been lost and was accidentally found and why Ms. Lee had abstained from publishing it earlier. Mr. Caldwell met the two and was shown two documents.
One of those documents was a publisher’s proof but the other was a typescript of a story similar to Mockingbird and was based on the same characters but was quite older. Mr. Caldwell then realized after going through some pages that this typescript was an early version of the novel Mockingbird and he told this to everyone present there.
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After this story emerged Ms. Carter has denied that she knew anything of this manuscript at the time Mr. Caldwell came to meet them. She stated that she had left him with Mr. Pinkus and Mr. Caldwell alone in the room and so she didn’t know about anything. However Mr. Caldwell and Mr. Pinkus still maintain that Ms. Carter was present there and knew about the manuscript since October 2011.