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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Can You Ever Forgive Me? Memoirs of a Literary Forger

Design by Jason J. Heuer

No suprises here: the cover for a book about forged literary correspondence finds inspiration in correspondence itself. The names at the bottom are Dorothy Parker, Noel Coward, Louise Brooks and Lillian Hellman, who are among those whose letters were forged; see some of the letters here.

The last name is Lee Israel's, the author / forger / twit: "Those letters never misrepresented any large truth...They were fun, and nobody got hurt, and everybody made money." Nice. More here.

6 comments:

Jason said...

Design credit: Jason J. Heuer, thanks for the post. Also the type is debossed.

Joseph said...

Thanks Jason!

Anonymous said...

Has nothing to do with this post, but have you seen Michael Chabon's new book of essays? Was interested to read what you thought about the multiple layered jacket covers.
--ajb

straw said...

this cover would never make me want to pick up the book. It's bland beyond reproach...

Charles Brock said...

Dead on. Love it.

Anonymous said...

Yes, really bland. Looks like a boring college essay. Yawn . . .

If you're going to use simple typewriter text font, why not use a different choice of colour of paper, or something?

If it's about forgery, I'm sure there's a million better ways of expressing that concept.