The first chapter of Go Set the Watchman has been released today. Tonight at PBS is another must see event for Harper Lee fans.
Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is on top of everybody's mind today as the first chapter of her lost book Go Set a Watchman has been released today. PBS takes out all the stops celebrating the release of the Go Set a Watchman book.
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THIRTEEN's American Masters series presents a newly updated version of Emmy-winning filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy's 2012 documentary Harper Lee: Hey, Boo, broadcast as Harper Lee: American Masters on Friday, July 10, 9 - 10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The author of Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird, Murphy was able to read an advance copy of the new novel before updating the film and will live tweet (#HarperLeePBS) during the broadcast.
"Go Set a Watchman was written before To Kill a Mockingbird and believed to be lost or destroyed. Its remarkable discovery allows readers of Lee's beloved classic the chance to see Atticus and Scout again. How and why this happened is a mystery we unravel in the new version of the documentary," said Murphy.
PBS released the first two minutes fot he Harper Lee documentary airing tonight. Watch below.
Tomorrow will be a Reddit AMA with Mary McDonagh Murphy starting at 2pm ET.
‘Go Set a Watchman’ features the characters of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ 20 years after the events of the original novel. The lawyer Atticus Finch will have grown old while his daughter Scout will visit him in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama.
Earlier today the first chapter from the novel was published online by The Guardian in the U.K. and The Wall Street Journal in the US. The first chapter of the novel written in the third person rather than from Scout’s point of view, has since revealed some very shocking details.
In the first chapter Scout is now referred to by her full name as ‘Jean Louise Finch’ who currently lives in New York but is nostalgic about her home town in Maycomb, Alabama. The town still remains cut off from the rest of America as it was in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. However Scout has still retained her rebellious tomboy nature and still likes to dress up as a boy, even earning the disapproval of her aunt on the attire.
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The most shocking revelation in the novel is the death of Jem Finch the brother of Scout and son of Atticus Finch.