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Publisher insists Harper Lee cooperated with bio


NEW YORK (AP) -- The publisher of a biography of Harper Lee is standing by its assertion that the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" cooperated with the book.

Earlier this week, Penguin Press announced it had acquired a book by former Chicago Tribune reporter Marja Mills called "The Mockingbird Next Door: Life With Harper Lee."

The publisher said the book was written with "direct access" to Lee, who rarely talks to the press.

Lee then issued a statement saying she had not "authorized such a book" or "willingly participated."

But Penguin on Friday released a letter from Mills to the author's sister, Alice Lee, confirming that Alice and Harper Lee had cooperated. The letter is signed by Alice Lee.

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