Media-shy Harper Lee cooperates on memoir

Harper Lee's sister says the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" has indeed cooperated with a memoir about her.

And the publisher has set a release date: fall 2013.

The law firm Barnett, Bugg, Lee & Carter had released a signed statement last month from Harper Lee, disputing an announcement by Penguin Press that Marja Mills' "The Mockingbird Next Door" had been written with "full access" to the media-shy novelist.

But Alice Lee, Harper Lee's sister, is a partner in the firm and said in a signed letter dated May 21 and released Monday by Penguin that the statement was prepared without her knowledge and "does not represent" the feelings of either sister.

A woman who answered the phone at Barnett, Bugg declined comment and hung up on a reporter seeking comment.

Harper Lee, a native Alabamian who lives a quiet life in the southern part of the state, is known around the world for her book on segregation and equality in the south.

It's estimated that more than 30,000,000 copies of her Pulitzer Prize winning book have been sold since its first publishing in 1960. It was later adapted into the 1962 film of the same name, which won an Oscar.

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