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Harper Lee’s attorney recalls finding ‘Watchman manuscript

This book cover released by Harper shows "Go Set A Watchman," a follow-up to Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird." The book will be released on July 14. (AP Photo/Harper)

NEW YORK (AP) — Harper Lee’s attorney has provided her fullest accounting yet of how she came upon the manuscript for “Go Set a Watchman.”

In an essay posted late Sunday on the Wall Street Journal’s web site, Tonja Carter wrote that last summer she was at a gathering of Lee’s friends and family members when “talk turned” to a possible second novel by the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” According to Carter, it was the first time she had heard of the book’s existence. She then searched in a safe deposit box that contained some of Lee’s papers and found “Watchman” underneath “a significant number of pages of another typed text.”

“Go Set a Watchman,” written before “Mockingbird but set 20 years later, comes out Tuesday.

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