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Marcel's Letters: A Font and the Search…

Marcel's Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man's Fate

by Carolyn Porter

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When graphic designer Carolyn Porter found a selection of French WWII letters in an antiques shop in Minnesota, she knew immediately she had finally found the sample she wanted to fulfill her dream of designing a font. Purchasing five letters, Carolyn spent years painstakingly working on her font without really looking at the source material after tracing individual letters of interest. But one day while looking at the original letters again, Carolyn is suddenly struck by the desire to know what the letters say and try to find out who their author, Marcel, really was. This initial impulse leads Carolyn down a path of research that yields a story no one could have imagined.

The joys of ordering non-fiction for my library is that sometimes I discover gems like this book. I'm already a typography and history nerd and this book fed both interests. While Porter very clearly and with just the right amount of detail recounts her struggle designing her font, the primary focus of this book is her quest to discover who Marcel was and what happened to him. The story is utterly compelling and Porter beautifully balances the history with descriptions of her efforts to discover it and the effect of her search on herself and her relationships. A compelling read that I finished in just under a day, I highly recommend this one if the description intrigues you even slightly. ( )
  MickyFine | Jul 16, 2017 |
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