Thursday, May 17, 2012

Signed Encounters of the Firsts Kind: Nell Freudenberger, Brooklyn NY May 2, 2012

Nell Freudenberger, author of Lucky Girls (Ecco 2003) and The Dissident (Ecco 2006) read and signed her new novel The Newlyweds (Ecco 2012) at the wonderful Greenlight Books in Brooklyn on May 2,2012. Despite the "release party" set up and the copious amounts of cheese sitting nearby, Freudenberger wasn't much for conversation that night. This was disappointing for me, charmed as I was from recently finishing several engrossing stories from Lucky Girl. She may have been shy, or feeling ill, it was hard to tell. In any event, hey it was free. She read for a time, briefly took a question and then signed books. It would have been nice to hear more from the author, one of the New Yorker's "20 Under 40," about her process, her background, or anything, but in any event, she graciously signed books and the night was over.

Below are two signatures from that night (authenticity 10), along with a slightly different, older and hopefully authentic signature I purchased from a dealer. I am going to rate signatures purchased in the rare book market, from a dealer I am less familiar with, and with no provenance a 7 to indicate my level of uncertainty about the authenticity. Any handwriting experts out there?

Below, the book I am less sure of. It seems similar enough, but more articulated. Anyone have some early Freudenberger signatures to compare?



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