Update on Deborah Solomon's Disastrous Norman Rockwell Bio | Abigail Rockwell

February 23, 2015 1:20 PM

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Update on Deborah Solomon's Disastrous Norman Rockwell Bio | Abigail Rockwell

Why did Deborah Solomon think she could get away with writing a fraudulent biography of Norman Rockwell, the great American illustrator? Why did a respected publisher -- Farrar, Straus and Giroux -- publish a biography they knew would cause a sensation, yet seemingly did not bother to properly fact check it? Why did almost all the reviewers and media eagerly jump on this author's bandwagon and blindly accept the book's credibility and validity without questioning it? Why did no one pick up on Solomon's outdated, completely backward and insidious ideology, conflating homosexuality with pedophilia? And why would my grandfather's own museum, the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, lavishly endorse the book and continue to promote and sell it even after they were shown in detail that it was a fraud?

The story of the Norman Rockwell biography fraud is one of unchecked hubris and outsized ego, aided and abetted by a relentless propaganda machine and the unspoken conspiracy of the establishment. Deborah Solomon's malignant ambition sparked and set off a whole chain of events, pulling others with m...

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