Can You Ever Forgive Me? Themes

Lee Israel
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Forging Techniques

Israel describes how her career as a biographer and a writer worked in her favor, helping her develop forging techniques to make her work appear authentic and believable. As a biographer, Israel learned how to be careful and precise in her research and her notation of fact in her forged letters. Israel also describes the way she was careful with fonts and paper types in order to keep her letters as authentic as possible. She studies the way that the different people formatted their letters and their grammatical quirks in order to make the letters as true to life as possible.

Israel describes the way she used the real letters written by Parker as well as biographies of people who knew her in order to create text for the fake letters she created. She tells the reader about one letter in particular: “The first paragraph is a...

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