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?
2I 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-Clear-Monica-IpsumJan 18, 2017 at 21:35
2@LaurenIpsum I take your point. Would you like to edit that in? If not, I will.– BenjaminJan 18, 2017 at 21:39
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.