Harper Lee Scrawls Response to Journo

Four words: Two are 'go away'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2015 10:40 AM CST
Harper Lee Scrawls Response to Journo
In this Aug. 20, 2007 photo, "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor, at the state Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

AL.com reporter Connor Sheets has been covering the controversy surrounding the upcoming release of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird sequel, and just over a week ago, he mailed the author a two-page letter on the matter. The letter came after "repeated attempts" to reach the 88-year-old, attempts that even took the form of visits to her nursing home, he writes. He was hoping to get confirmation that Lee "is in fact lucid and fully in control of the destiny of Go Set a Watchman." That, at least in Sheets' view, is partially what he got. He received her reply on Wednesday: It was his own letter, "wrinkled and refolded," with "Go Away! Harper Lee" written at the bottom.

The cursive handwriting matches Lee's signature and is in line with how she has responded to "poky journalists" over the decades, Sheets writes, citing a past example of Lee turning down interviews with a "hell no." So it would appear that Lee "is very much with it, that she is still lucid and that her acerbic, press-averse side is fully intact," he writes. Still, "all we are left with is the knowledge that Lee is apparently of sound enough mind to write a note as dismissive as the scores she doubtless sent in her heyday." See his full letter to Lee here. (Read more Harper Lee stories.)

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