By Melissa Katsoulis

ISBN-10: 1602397945

ISBN-13: 9781602397941

ISBN-10: 1634502698

ISBN-13: 9781634502696

When Dionysus the Renegade faked a Sophocles textual content in four hundred BC (cunningly placing the acrostic “Heraclides is blind to letters”) to humiliate an educational rival, he cleared the path for 2 millennia of more and more outlandish literary hoaxers. the trail from his mischievous stunt to extra severe tricksters just like the faux Howard Hughes “autobiography” by means of Clifford Irving, Oprah-duper James Frey, takes in each kind of author: from the non secular zealot to the bored pupil, through the vengeful educational and the out-and-out joker.

yet no matter if hoaxing for repute, cash, politics, or easy enjoyment, every one wrongdoer represents anything detailed approximately why we write. Their tales communicate volumes approximately how interpreting, writing, and publishing have grown out of the high quality and personal locations of the previous into big-business, TV-book-club-led mass-marketplaces which, a few might say, are ripe for the ripping.

For the 1st time, the full background of this attention-grabbing sub-genre of worldwide literature is printed. appropriate for bookworms of every age and persuasions, this can be actual crime for those who don’t like actual crime, and literary heritage for the traditionally illiterate. A deal with to learn during or to dip into, it'll make you think that two times subsequent time you slip among the covers of an writer you don’t be aware of . . .

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