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Simon Worrall

Author of The Poet and the Murderer

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Booknotes, Sunday, August 18, 2002
Simon Worrall discusses The Poet and the Murderer.

—from the publisher's website 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 Murderer gives 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. —from the publisher's website (timspalding)… (more)
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Simon Worrall was born in Wellington, England and spent his childhood in Eritrea, Paris and Singapore. Since 1984, he has been a full-time, freelance journalist and book author. He has written investigative features; travel articles; celebrity profiles and reportages for publications all over the world, including National Geographic, GQ, The London Times, The Guardian, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Conde Nast Traveler, The Sidney Morning Herald, Playboy, The Smithsonian and Maxim. He has also made frequent appearances on Radio & TV, including the BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent; NPR and PBS. He speaks six languages and has lived in or visited more than 70 countries. Among many adventures, he has dug clams with the Inuit on Baffin Island, ridden with gauchos in Patagonia, followed the trail of a stolen Rembrandt with an undercover FBI agent, explored a Tang Dynasty shipwreck off the coast of Sumatra and got drunk with Marianne Faithful. On the way, Simon has been fortunate to work with world-class photographers like Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vince Musi; and Magnum members Ian Berry, Paul Fusco and Inge Von Morath. Among celebrities Simon has profiled are Hilary Clinton, Arthur Miller, Wynona Ryder, Monica Seles and Leonard Cohen. He was the last writer to interview Katharine Hepburn, at her home on Turtle Bay, New York. Simon’s first book, The Poet and the Murderer ( Dutton/4th Estate), a work of narrative non-fiction about master forger and double-murderer, Mark Hofmann, was published to critical acclaim in 2002. It inspired a BBC documentary, The Man Who Forged America, and is currently being turned into a screenplay. Current projects include a non-fiction love story set in World War Two and an art crime thriller he is writing with the former head of the FBI’s Art Crime Unit, Bob Wittman. Simon’s latest investigative feature, Cybergate, about the theft of a US Presidential election by computer fraud, will be published in December, 2009. He currently divides his time between his native England and the United States. He is a member of The Frontline Club, London; and an active supporter of several charities, including Amnesty International and The World Land Trust. His passions include tennis; books; and wild places.
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