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Memorable Literary Hoaxes

March 7, 2008 | 2 Comments


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Hoaxes are much on the mind of bibliophiles at the mo’. The Los Angeles Times has published this handy list of worst offenders. I must admit to having a soft spot for Canadian fraudster David Solway – you have to admire someone who can convince their dentist to impersonate a Greek poet…

2 Comments to 'Memorable Literary Hoaxes'

  • This is pretty insane! I mean, it’s one thing to embellish a bit. But pretending you were a holocaust victim who trekked across Europe with wolves? Or that you were raised in the ghetto when in fact you were a private school darling? What, do you suppose, is driving these “memoirists” to fabric entire lives? And what makes them think they won’t get caught? Maybe they are all frustrated fiction

  • Katherine says:

    Urban Palimpsest raises some good points. What drives these writers to make this stuff up? Why tout it as memoir when the writer would be better served advertising it as fiction? Its a pretty interesting subject; the other day I was watching the movie Hoax, which is about the story of Clifford Irving, who claimed to write the biography of Howard Hughes.