Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger

* Read ^ Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger by Lee Israel ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB. Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger When her writing career suddenly took a turn for the worse, she conceived of the astonishing literary scheme that fooled even many of the experts. Before turning to the criminal life, running a onewoman forgery scam out of an Upper West Side studio shared with her tortoiseshell cat, and dodging the FBI, Lee Israel enjoyed a celebrated reputation as an author. Forging hundreds of letters from such collectible luminaries as Dorothy Parker, Noel Coward, and Lillian Hellman -- and recreating their a

Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger

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Rating : 4.79 (960 Votes)
Asin : 141658868X
Format Type : paperback
Number of Pages : 144 Pages
Publish Date : 2016-04-24
Language : English

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"No Remorse" according to Laurie Pollack. I gave the book a No Remorse I gave the book a 3 because I felt it was wellwritten. But it reads as if the author was forced to dash off an essay about how sorry she was for her probation officer. She says she does not feel too bothered by her actions. What about the people who spent large sums for the letters? She would be better served by writing historical fiction that is honestly labeled as such. I think she could have a talent for this. How much better if she had written an enjoyable novel about Dorothy Parker.Perhaps this could be a form of restitution and proof she is a writer rather than . because I felt it was wellwritten. But it reads as if the author was forced to dash off an essay about how sorry she was for her probation officer. She says she does not feel too bothered by her actions. What about the people who spent large sums for the letters? She would be better served by writing historical fiction that is honestly labeled as such. I think she could have a talent for this. How much better if she had written an enjoyable novel about Dorothy Parker.Perhaps this could be a form of restitution and proof she is a writer rather than . F is for forgery (and fun) I. Sondel Lee Israel is a very naughty lady who committed a series of high crimes and misdemeanors within and against the literary community in which she herself worked and lived. In this slim memoir she explains herself; and while she admits to wrong doing, this isn't quite an apologia.Isreal was an acclaimed biographer of Tallulah Bankhead and Dorothy Kilgallen who, having written a bad book about Estee Lauder, found herself down and out. So, she bit the hand that had stopped feeding her. She took to forging letters by Noel Coward, Louise Brooks, Lillian Hellman and Dorothy P. Out of the Depths Once upon a time journalist Lee Israel was a well-connected Manhattan based journalist with the world at her fingertips; her forte, well-researched biographies of what David Plante called "difficult women" gave her entrée into a glittering world of celebrity and real accomplishment. Her book on Tallulah Bankhead is really great, and her Kilgallen book is still the best single volume on the complicated reporter--one of the best biographies, in fact, of any midcentury journalist. The world was at Lee Israel's feet but, as she acknowledges now, a series of bad dec

When her writing career suddenly took a turn for the worse, she conceived of the astonishing literary scheme that fooled even many of the experts. Before turning to the criminal life, running a onewoman forgery scam out of an Upper West Side studio shared with her tortoiseshell cat, and dodging the FBI, Lee Israel enjoyed a celebrated reputation as an author. Forging hundreds of letters from such collectible luminaries as Dorothy Parker, Noel Coward, and Lillian Hellman -- and recreating their autographs with a flourish -- Israel sold her "memorabilia" to dealers across the country, producing a collection of pitch-perfect imitations virtually indistinguishable from the voices of their real-life counterparts. Exquisitely written, with reproductio

Best of the Month, August 2008: If David Carr's voluminous, well-documented Night of the Gun is the Warren Report of apologetic memoirs, Lee Israel's Can You Ever Forgive Me? is its cheeky, slim opposite. No doubt they would have found her an excellent correspondent. Barely repentant and witheringly funny, Israel recalls her short life of literary crime as, first, the forger of signed letters by such personages as Dorothy Parker, Noel Coward, and Louise Brooks, and then, more desperately, an out-and-out thief of such documents, all for resale to dealers and collectors. --Tom N