Up Close: Harper Lee
Kerry Madden
Viking, 2009
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Up Close: Harper Lee

Here's the foreword Kerry wrote for her book:

When I was asked to write a young adult biography of Harper Lee for Viking’s Up Close series, I set out on the task of trying to contact her through her agent in New York and her oldest sister in Alabama. A former colleague who had recently met her wrote her a letter of introduction on my behalf. I also wrote at least ten drafts of my own letter to Miss Lee. It’s a daunting task to write to such a beloved and passionately silent author, who has been known to respond “Hell no!" to interview requests, but I needed to make sure that Miss Lee knew about the biography before anybody else did. I wanted to tread with care and respect every step of the way.

Kerry’s interview on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley:







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