Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Memoirs of A Literary Forger

eBook - 2008
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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. 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. Forging hundreds of letters from such collectible luminaries as Dorothy Parker, Noël 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 reproductions of her marvelous forgeries, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is Israel's delightful, hilarious memoir of a brilliant and audacious literary crime caper.
Published: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2008.
ISBN: 9781416553779
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Apr 14, 2019

Style reminded me of Lovejoy the lovable rouge with a dash of humility on forgery. Short ,but savory with a touch of bitterness on retailers.
However, I'm perplexed on why two library patrons.
RoyalJellyIII copied & paste my generic comment on SCTV forcing me to be more specific.
The other nosy parker Curly Whirly on its sophomoric passive-aggressive bullying & copying book summary as "comments" on a total stranger who wanted to give a honest review.
Have a nice day.

ArapahoeKati Apr 02, 2019

This fell a little flat for me, so it might be the one instance where I'd say watch the movie first and then read the (short) memoir.

Feb 24, 2019

Particularly good if also seen in conjunction with the very enjoyable film.

Dec 15, 2018

The humorous, succinctly-told true tale of how a onetime "New York Times bestselling author" suddenly realizes that her career is on the skids, and the creative way she comes up with to create enough cash to survive in New York City. Acerbic author Lee Israel makes a decent living writing biographies, but when the checks dry up, her financial situation grows ever more desperate. She turns her literary talents in a new direction: creating forgeries of letters purported to be by literary and cinematic greats, and discovers that she has a talent for it. At first, selling the forgeries is remarkably easy, but in order to keep up the ruse, Israel must take further and further risks. The story is the basis of the movie starring Melissa McCarthy.


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