“Love–In Other Words” – Harper Lee

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Something to chew on while awaiting Lee’s newest book to be published this July.



A lot of controversy is stirring around the publication of this book as it was originally said that Lee’s wishes were to never publish another book. Her sister had looked after her and her business for years and has passed. There is a lot of heresay that Lee’s lawyers and publishers are orchestrating the publication of this book without her proper consent, other articles state the contrary. Lee actually wrote this book, Go Set A Watchman, before she wrote To Kill A Mockingbird.


Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014. Ironically, her first novel written in the fifties, took place some twenty years later in Scout’s life as she revisits Maycomb, Alabama county.

There are quite a few comments on the mysterious findings of this old manuscript and many articles written on the topic. Here is one link amongst many that talks about the discovery of the manuscript.  http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-31296088

Below you can read one of Lee’s early nonfiction articles written about love. It was published in Vogue in 1961.

Harper Lee’s take on love –  By Nelle Harper Lee “Love–In Other Words”.