Marcel’s Letters deftly portrays how a curiosity can grow into a search, and the search into an obsession. Carolyn’s story bursts with the excitement of discovery and culminates with the indescribable honor of returning fragments of a forgotten history to the people they were meant for.
– Glenn Kurtz, author of Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film
Marcel’s Letters is a gripping page-turner about one type designer’s efforts to uncover (and recover) the destiny of a French forced laborer during World War II.
– Yves Peters, type writer and producer for Type Network
Fascinated by the handwriting, Carolyn Porter’s chance purchase of a few letters led her to a remarkable adventure in font design, research to understand the wartime separation of a father from his wife and children, and a quest to uncover Marcel’s fate in the Second World War and that of his family. Marcel's Letters tells a compelling story of romance, perseverance, and discovery.
– Professor Kenneth Mouré, historian of modern France, University of Alberta
Quirky, heartfelt, and compulsively readable, Marcel's Letters is an inventive combination of memoir and amateur historical sleuthing. An unforgettable story.
– Theresa Kaminski, author of Angels of the Underground: The American Women who Resisted the Japanese in the Philippines in World War II
I’ve made many fonts but none of them has a story with as many unexpected discoveries and emotional turns as the story of Marcel.
– Mark Simonson, designer of more than thirty fonts, including the iconic Proxima Nova, Mark Simonson Studio
In Marcel's Letters Carolyn Porter has plucked a powerful story from the recesses of history. After purchasing a trove of letters because of their elegant script, Porter embarked on a quest to solve the mystery of their authorship and in so doing embarks on a historical awakening of her own.
– Cathryn J. Prince, author of American Daredevil: The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton, the World’s First Celebrity Travel Writer
We pick a font hoping it says something about us; that we are creative, intellectual, or have business know-how. But what happens when a font picks a graphic designer and turns her world upside down and inside out? Working from a handful of fragile and translucent pages written in a language she doesn’t speak, Carolyn sets out to uncover not only the mystery of Marcel's life, but in the process finds her own passion to create a font in his honor. In Marcel’s Letters, Carolyn rescues one man’s legacies, and ultimately gifts us with her own.
– Elizabeth Rynecki, author of the forthcoming book and documentary Chasing Portraits