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Harper Lee's Attorney Recalls Finding 'Watchman' Manuscript

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    In this Aug. 20, 2007, file photo, author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.

    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.