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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In The Poet and the Murderer, acclaimed journalist Simon Worrall takes readers into the haunting mind of Mark Hofmann, one of the most daring literary forgers and remorseless murderers of the late twentieth century.He was a young Mormon boy who loathed what he believed to be the hypocrisy of his faith, and who devised secret ways to infiltrate and undermine the church. Mark Hofmann began his career by forging and selling rare Mormon coins, and quickly moved on to creating false, highly controversial religious documents that threw the Church of Latter-Day Saints into turmoil. But it was his infamous Emily Dickinson poem that would prove his greatest deception, stunning the art and literary worlds and earning him thousands from the most distinguished 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-including acts of shocking violence.Filled with the page-turning suspense and tantalizing sleuthing techniques of a literary thriller, The Poet and the Murderergives us an unforgettable portrait of a deeply irreligious man and a brilliant con artist whose greatest talent-and greatest tragedy--was his ability to conceal his mad genius behind the unique gifts and enduring celebrity of others.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2002.
ISBN: 9780525945963
0525945962
Characteristics: xv, 270 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.

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EmilyEm
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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