what I find odd is that a novel, supposedly "missing" since before I was born, has suddenly come to light. I can only hope that Harper Lee (who is now at least 88) is not being taken advantage of.
She's living in assisted housing in some dinky town in Alabama. If she's a heroine to you, you'd be better off sending her money directly, because that would be more than she will receive royalty-wise on something she obviously didn't want published within the last 60 years. There is something fishy about this whole thing.
The "dinky town" is the one she grew up in. There was more than copy of her original novel, To Set a Watchman. It was at the suggestion of an editor that rewrote it and it became To Kill a Mockingbird. From what I've read, the Watchman manuscript was found with a copy of the Mockingbird manuscript. Her sister, who died last fall at the age of 103, had an original manuscript of Mockingbird in her safety deposit box. Or the Watchman manuscript was found in the family home, which was owned by Harper Lee's sister.
According to people that visit her on a regular basis, very longtime friends, she is aware the manuscript is being published. If she didn't want it published, she could stop it.
As for potential royalties, she currently gets approximately half a million dollars a year now from sales of To Kill a Mockingbird.