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Telling Tales: A History of Literary Hoaxes
When Dionysus the Renegade faked a Sophocles text in 400 BC (cunningly inserting the acrostic 'Heraclides is ignorant of letters') to humiliate an academic rival, he paved the way for two millennia of increasingly outlandish literary hoaxers. The path from his mischievous stunt to more serious tricksters like the controversial memoirist and Oprah-duper James Frey, takes in every sort of writer: from the religious zealot to the bored student, via the vengeful academic and the out-and-out joker.
ISBN 13: 9781849010801 | ISBN 10: 1849010803
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