The Poet and the Murderer

The Poet and the Murderer

A True Story of Literary Crime and the Art of Forgery

Book - 2002
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From the forging and selling of rare Mormon coins to the creation of the Salamander Letter and other controversial Mormon documents that undermined the Mormon religion he despised, Mark Hofmann lived a chilling and lucrative double life. His sensational art forgeries dazzled auction houses, eventually culminating in his supreme triumph: a fifteen-line poem in the style of Emily Dickinson that deceived even the foremost Dickinson scholars. It would also prove his ultimate undoing, when his desperation to keep his greatest forgery a secret drove him to commit ever more heinous crimes. A page-turning tale of avarice, deceit, intrigue and violence that unfolds like a literary thriller, The Poet and the Murderer is a true story of art and illusion, and of one man's descent into an evil of his own making.
Publisher: New York : Plume, c2002
ISBN: 9780452284029
Branch Call Number: 364.152309792258 Wor
Characteristics: xv, 270 p. : ill. ; 20 cm


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Aug 03, 2013

Intrigued by this title after reading The Art Forger and having read some of Emily Dickinson a few years ago, I gave this book a go. You?ll certainly learn about forging literary documents and master forger Mark Hoffman.

But, I realized soon enough that this was a not-so-well-edited book put together from magazine articles. There?s not quite enough about Emily, way too much about Mark and lots of the author?s antipathy for the Mormons, deserved or not.

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