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Given that Go Set A Watchman takes place after To Kill A Mockingbird, we would think that we should read it second. However, Go Set A Watchman was probably a first draft of To Kill A Mockingbird. I am not really sure in which order they should be read given these two pieces of conflicting information. Which of these should be read first?

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    I think a better question might be "Should Go Set a Watchman be considered a prequel or a first draft?" Because you would read those for two very different reasons, and that would be much more helpful in determining which to read first. – Lauren-Reinstate-Monica-Ipsum Jan 18 '17 at 21:35
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    @LaurenIpsum I take your point. Would you like to edit that in? If not, I will. – Benjamin Jan 18 '17 at 21:39
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Definitely read To Kill a Mockingbird first. Although Go Set a Watchman reads more as a first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird, without reading Mockingbird, much of the bigotry Atticus displays in Watchman will not be unusual. In Mockingbird, Atticus is portrayed as a hero defending the underprivileged blacks, and in Watchman, that illusion of him is completely shattered.

They're both great reads, but reading To Kill a Mockingbird first allows you to have a greater conceptual understanding and appreciation for Go Set a Watchman.

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