WSJ Publishes Excerpt, Audio Sample of Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set A Watchman’
In 1957, when she was 31 years old, Harper Lee submitted her first attempt at a novel to the publisher J.B. Lippincott. Titled 'Go Set a Watchman,' it was set in the '50s and opened with a woman named Jean Louise Finch returning home to Alabama. Ms. Lee's editor found the story lacking but, seizing on flashback scenes, suggested that she write instead about her protagonist as a young girl. The result was a Pulitzer Prize-winning classic: 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'