06/28/2010 12:36 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Harper Lee Breaks Silence, Grants Rare (Very Brief) 'Interview'

I went to Alabama in an attempt to answer the great mystery of why she -- like that other American literary legend J. D. Salinger, who died in January -- should have spent almost half a century in silence. Her friends agree to introduce me to her on one condition: that I make no mention of 'The Book', as people here refer to it.

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