Can you ever forgive me: [memoirs of a literary forger]
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Curtin, Jane, narrator.
Published:
New York, New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2018].
Format:
CD Audiobook
Edition:
Unabridged.
Physical Desc:
3 audio discs (approximately 2.5 hr.) ; 12 cm.
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Description
Now a major motion picture starring Melissa McCarthy--Lee Israel's hilarious and shocking memoir of the astonishing caper she carried on for almost two years when she forged and sold more than three hundred letters by such literary notables as Dorothy Parker, Edna Ferber, Noel Coward, and many others.

Before turning to her life of crime--running a one-woman forgery business out of a phone booth in a Greenwich Village bar and even dodging the FBI--Lee Israel had a legitimate career as an author of biographies. Her first book on Tallulah Bankhead was a New York Times bestseller, and her second, on the late journalist and reporter Dorothy Kilgallen, made a splash in the headlines.

But by 1990, almost broke and desperate to hang onto her Upper West Side studio, Lee made a bold and irreversible career change: inspired by a letter she'd received once from Katharine Hepburn, and armed with her considerable skills as a researcher and celebrity biographer, she began to forge letters in the voices of literary greats. Between 1990 and 1991, she wrote more than three hundred letters in the voices of, among others, Dorothy Parker, Louise Brooks, Edna Ferber, Lillian Hellman, and Noel Coward--and sold the forgeries to memorabilia and autograph dealers.

"Lee Israel is deft, funny, and eminently entertaining... in her] gentle parable about the modern culture of fame, about those who worship it, those who strive for it, and those who trade in its relics" (The Associated Press). Exquisitely written, with reproductions of her marvelous forgeries, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is "a slender, sordid, and pretty damned fabulous book about her misadventures" ( The New York Times Book Review ).

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Language:
English
ISBN:
9781508266822, 1508266824

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Subtitle from container.
General Note
Compact discs.
Participants/Performers
Read by Jane Curtain.
Description
Lee Israel once had a real, legal job. But desperate times in 1990 brought her to the dodgy business of forgery, rewriting letters of literary greats and selling them to autograph dealers.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Israel, L., & Curtin, J. (2018). Can you ever forgive me: [memoirs of a literary forger]. Unabridged. New York, New York: Simon & Schuster Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Israel, Lee and Jane, Curtin. 2018. Can You Ever Forgive Me: [memoirs of a Literary Forger]. New York, New York: Simon & Schuster Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Israel, Lee and Jane, Curtin, Can You Ever Forgive Me: [memoirs of a Literary Forger]. New York, New York: Simon & Schuster Audio, 2018.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Israel, Lee,, and Jane Curtin. Can You Ever Forgive Me: [memoirs of a Literary Forger]. Unabridged. New York, New York: Simon & Schuster Audio, 2018.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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