When Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman was finally published in February, it was the talk of the literary world. Another book by the great and reclusive author who to that point had only ever published one work—the classic To Kill a Mockingbird– Watchman was the edition that fans aplenty, worldwide, had been awaiting for months.
There was substantial buzz about everything from whether Miss Lee was mentally capable of giving permission to have the work published to whether or not the character of Atticus Finch had been tarnished by a few very important details that had every potential of changing the perception of the hero for readers. People discussed the book around water coolers and in grocery stores. People wrote to Ol’ Curiosities, enraged about Atticus.
Now, there is even more buzz about the book that turned the literary world upside down not so long ago:
The Guardian recently reported that the first 25,000 UK-printed copies of Go Set a Watchman were missing paragraphs and sentences from the final pages. Readers were disturbed by the occurrence, but no one knows exactly how many of the misprinted versions were sold.
Penguin Random House explained that the misprinted copies were due to a printer error and that the affected copies were missing lines on six pages near the end of the work. The publishing giant also promised to work swiftly to maintain customer satisfaction and replace such flawed copies. How many were replaced? How many misprinted copies remain in circulation? We just don’t know.
Book buffs, of course, are hopping with excitement. Misprinted copies are often treasures for those who collect written works. In fact, a copy was recently sold for $1556 (£988) on the American AbeBooks Marketplace—and that may be a very small price to pay for such a literary oddity. Only time will tell the value.
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