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The invisible hand that nurtured an author and a literary classic

Harvey Gaston, who portrays Atticus Finch in a stage adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird, practising his lines before performing at the old Monroeville County Courthouse in Monroeville, Alabama in this May 17, 2007 file photo.

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In the spring of 1957, a 31-year-old aspiring novelist named Harper Lee - everyone called her Nelle - delivered the manuscript for Go Set a Watchman to her agent to send out to publishers, including the now-defunct JB Lippincott Co, which eventually bought it.