Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds
by Moses, Nancy







List of Figures
ix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Forewordxv
Prefacexvii
1 About Authenticity
1(8)
2 Ireland's Shakespeare
9(20)
3 Zombie Pollocks
29(18)
4 Two-Thirds Rembrandt
47(18)
5 "Not Right"
65(20)
6 Dreaming Nuremberg
85(24)
7 Authentically Barnes
109(20)
8 Dinosaur Tales
129(24)
9 Incorruptible
153(22)
Notes175(8)
Additional Reading183(4)
Index187(10)
About the Author197


This is a book about authentic fakes, admirable forgeries, and imagined representations of tainted reality: things that are less than meet the eye. Through nine questionable cultural treasures, readers meet those who make, sell, and buy fakes, and through these, explore their own views about what’s real, what’s fake, and why they should care.





Nancy Moses is an award winning author, media producer, and former museum director who writes about iconic cultural treasures and the provocative issues they raise. She is a visiting scholar, American University of Rome and chair of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.





Educational, informative, and intriguing, Moses covers several subjects in this book about the three F's: Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds. While she primarily focuses on art and literature, she paints with a broad brush illustrating historical scams.Topics of particular interest include William Henry Ireland, who forged several Shakespearean documents in an attempt to win his father's approval; the many imitators of Jackson Pollock's art; and examples of false Americana intended to win over antique collectors. Moses has traveled extensively in her pursuit of stories of fraud, and her discussions with experts in their fields add an element of authenticity. She also discusses at length the difference between fakes, forgeries, and frauds, and offers a plausible explanation for why we should care: it may seem as though no one gets hurt, but ultimately accepting fakes, forgeries, and frauds as a simple fact of life isn't necessarily a good thing. This book will appeal to audiences everywhere as the topics discussed are fascinating and the subject matter timely in a world of fake news. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





Educational, informative, and intriguing, Moses covers several subjects in this book about the three F's: Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds. While she primarily focuses on art and literature, she paints with a broad brush illustrating historical scams.Topics of particular interest include William Henry Ireland, who forged several Shakespearean documents in an attempt to win his father's approval; the many imitators of Jackson Pollock's art; and examples of false Americana intended to win over antique collectors. Moses has traveled extensively in her pursuit of stories of fraud, and her discussions with experts in their fields add an element of authenticity. She also discusses at length the difference between fakes, forgeries, and frauds, and offers a plausible explanation for why we should care: it may seem as though no one gets hurt, but ultimately accepting fakes, forgeries, and frauds as a simple fact of life isn't necessarily a good thing. This book will appeal to audiences everywhere as the topics discussed are fascinating and the subject matter timely in a world of fake news. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.






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