It is a sad day in Florence, Alabama. I finally got a response from Harper Lee about doing an interview. She has declined. I got the news from her sister, Alice Lee. The letter reads:
Your letter of August 3, 2008, has been read to my sister, Harper Lee, and she asked that I reply to your letter declining to meet you for a handshake and possibly lunch.
My sister's vision is so severely impaired from macular degeneration that she could not read your letter without assistance. She spends her life in a wheel chair because of paralysis of the left side caused by a stroke. She conserves her small strength to enjoy visits from old friends and persons managing her business affairs.
Alice F. Lee
I wish I had tried to purse this goal when I was going to college in Monroeville. I am a little sad. I was hoping she would say yes. At least I can say I tried.