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"The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee"

Harper Lee's 1960 novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" has sold more than 40 million copies in 18 languages. Lee is also one of the publishing world's greatest mysteries: after initial publicity tours and buzz about a second book, she withdrew from public life and hasn't published another novel. Journalist Marja Mills, who gained unprecedented access to Lee and her family, joins us to shed some light on the life of one of America's literary icons as questions about whether or not Lee was a willing participant in the project swirl.

Atticus's Closing Statement - To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's famous book was made into a film in 1962. In this scene, actor Gregory Peck portrays lawyer Atticus Finch's closing argument in court.

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Prologue reprinted by arrangement with Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Marja Mills, 2014.

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

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