Jan 16, 200610:52 AMThe Life
Who doesn't love a good scandale littéraire?!
Jan 16, 2006 - 10:52 AMQ: What do these "authors" have in common: James Frey, JT Leroy, Thomas Chatterton, James Macpherson, Ern Malley, Clifford Irving, Forrest Carter, Beatrice Sparks, Gerd Heidemann, Crad Kilodney, Anthony Godby Johnson, Andreas Karavis, Lynne Cheney and Scooter Libby?
A: Most of them are enshrined in Writing Wrongs - a history of literary hoaxes at the CBC:
Writers with a hard-luck memoir in the works may want to wait until the dust settles before approaching a publisher. With both of these swindles [James Frey and JT Leroy], industry insiders have spent the week alternately claiming they "suspected all along" that something was up and nervously defending their fact-checking processes. As for the rest of us, we can sit back and relish the juicy details of the latest incidents in the long, illustrious history of literary hoaxes.
Okay, okay - I threw in Scooter and Lynne just to see if you were paying attention. ;-)