Thursday, July 24, 2008

Forger "Comes Clean" in Memoir

The NYTimes' Julie Bosman reports today on a new book by biographer, manuscript thief and forger Lee Israel, Can You Ever Forgive Me? And over at Lux Mentis, Lux Orbis, Ian comments on the same book and includes a review by Kevin Mac Donnell.

Bosman notes that Israel has admitted to forging more than 400 letters, after realizing she could make a buck that way (she started out in 1991 by nabbing three Fanny Brice letters from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and selling them to the Argosy Book Store). She was later caught in an FBI sting and sentenced to five years of probation and six months of house arrest.

I'm with Ian. No, I won't ever forgive you, Ms. Israel.