To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee has ditched her reclusive lifestyle to
lend her support to a charity campaign–and sign her own book.
The famous writer, 79, stunned fundraisers by responding to a telephone
message left at her Alabama home from Police Chief Bob Terry of Cookeville,
Tennessee, who informed her his 21-year-old son suffered a heart attack in 2003
which left him brain damaged.
Terry asked Lee if she would sign a first edition he owns of her legendary
novel To Kill A Mocking Bird to increase its value, as part of a scheme to
raise money for his son–and she willingly agreed.
Lee also instructed the family to avoid selling it on internet auction
website eBAY, suggesting he auction it at New York’s Swann Galleries. The book will be auctioned April 28 and is excepted to fetch around $30,000.
Lee quit writing after To Kill A Mockingbird was published in 1960 and gave
her last interview in 1964.
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