Go Set a Watchman is the sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird and is set twenty years later. An adult Scout Finch lives in New York and is back visiting her father, Atticus Finch, in Maycomb, Alabama. According to the publisher, Scout “is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.”
While Harper Lee may be leaving the One Hit Wonder Club, that still leaves other authors that will remain in the One Hit Wonder Club forever.
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights was published in London in 1847 by Ellis Bell. The passion and violence in the book led people to believe that a man wrote Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte died of tuberculosis on December 19, 1848 at the age of thirty without knowing how popular her novel would become.
Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
It took Anna six years to write Black Beauty. She was so sick while she wrote it that she dictated a lot of it to her mother. Considered a children’s classic, Sewell wrote the book for people that worked with horses. Sewell died on April 27, 1878 five months after her book had been published.
Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind
It took Margaret Mitchell three years to write her famous novel and it took an additional six years before she showed it to anybody. In 1936, Gone With the Wind was published making Mitchell famous. The movie release in 1939 only heightened her fame. Mitchell did not care for the spotlight which may be the reason she never wrote a sequel. In 1949, she was hit by a car and died five days later.
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath was a published poet when she wrote her semi-autobiographical novel about mental illness. In January 1963, The Bell Jar was published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. Plath died less than a month later on February 11, 1963.
J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger had published several short stories but The Catcher in The Rye made him famous in 1951. The attention made him reclusive and he published his short stories and novellas less frequently. Salinger died of natural causes on January 27, 2010.