Letter: Harper Lee wasn't a recluse

Author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring Author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor in the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. Photo Credit: AP, 2007

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Just to set the record straight, the obituary "Veronique Peck, 80, Gregory Peck's wife" referred to Harper Lee as "the reclusive author of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'" [News, Aug. 20].

Lee has, until recently, been anything but reclusive. She is now in an assisted living facility. She socialized in a wide circle of relatives, friends and neighbors, participated in award ceremonies and spoke to student and other groups.

The media call her a recluse because she has for a very long time refused to be interviewed.

Jeff Bernstein, Bayside

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Editor's note: The writer is a retired English and social studies teacher.

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