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Harper Lee Aids Fundraising Scheme

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Apr 29, 2005 | 6:54am EDT

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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