Can You Ever Forgive Me? Quotes

Lee Israel
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Every letter reproduced here, along with hundreds like them, were turned out by me — conceived, written, typed, and signed — in my perilously held studio apartment in the shadow of Zabar’s on New York’s Upper West Side in 1991 and 1992.”
-- Narrator (Brick and Pigeons)

Importance: Israel describes how all of the forged letters she was accused of writing and selling were written and signed by her in an apartment with a view of bricks and pigeons. She is perhaps indicating that she never got rich off the sale of the letters, just managed to make a living.

I sold those letters to various autograph dealers, first in New York City, and was soon branching out across the country and abroad — for seventy-five dollars a pop.”
-- Narrator (Brick and Pigeons)

Importance: In this quote, Israel notes how little money that she got for the forged letters that she created. When she sees one of her forged letters for sale for nearly...

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