Can You Ever Forgive Me? Setting & Symbolism

Lee Israel
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Israel’s Studio Apartment

Israel tells her reader that she compiled, wrote, and signed all of the forged letters that she created in this studio apartment located in New York’s Upper West Side. This apartment is where Israel also destroyed all of the paper evidence she had when she learned that the FBI realized she was forging and stealing autographed documents. It is the same apartment that became infested with flies after Israel’s elderly cat began using the bathroom under Lee’s bed instead of in her litter box. Israel complains that her tiny apartment had a view of nothing but brick and pigeons.

Miss Tallulah Bankhead

Miss Tallulah Bankhead is a biography that represents Israel’s unrealistic expectations. Israel’s initial biography, Miss Tallulah Bankhead, sold well enough that is was considered a successful first work. Her second biography was on the best-sellers list in...

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