Harper Lee Pens Second Public Work

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, makes a rare published appearance this week. She wrote a letter in the August issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

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Finally, Harper Lee has published something else for us to read. The writer who won the Pulitzer Prize and enduring fame with her 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, has had nary a thing in print since. Ms. Lee, who is now 80 years old, has steadfastly avoided publicity.

But now she's publishing a letter for Oprah Winfrey's magazine, O. In the July summer reading issue, Ms. Lee remembers how she became a reader as a young girl growing up during the Depression in Monroeville, Alabama. She writes that everyone in her family read to her: her brother, older sisters, mother and father, everything from the newspaper to Uncle Wiggins stories.

Harper Lee says in her letter that she shuns iPods, laptops, cell phones and, quote, "minds like empty rooms."

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