Episode 40.5 - Literary Scandals 301: He Was Pretty Much Unremarkable in Every Way

Episode 40.5 - Literary Scandals 301: He Was Pretty Much Unremarkable in Every Way

Seems we’re in an era of wild scams (hi, have you watched the Fyre Festival docs?) so we’re bringing back one of our favorite topics: literary scandals. Tune in for the story of a literary forger desperate to impress his dad, and a wildly popular Man Booker Prize winning novel that is startlingly similar to one by a Brazilian author. Also, we have an update about The Garden Party from a listener.

A not forged Doris Vinton original painting of Corinne.

A not forged Doris Vinton original painting of Corinne.

Max and the Cats by Moacyr Scliar appears to be out of print in the US, but I have been able to track down used copies for sale online if you are interested. And you can always check at your local library!

Next week we will be discussing Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Pick it up at your local bookstore or library, and read along with us. And let us know your thoughts!

Articles used for research in this episode:
Smithsonian Magazine - To Be... Or Not: The Greatest Shakespeare Forgery
New York Times - Tiger in a Lifeboat, Panther in a Lifeboat: A Furor Over a Novel
CanLit Guides - Literary Value and Appropriation
Powell’s Books - How I Wrote Life of Pi
Wikipedia:
William Henry Ireland
Moacyr Scliar

*Header image of William Henry Ireland from The National Portrait Gallery, London. Creative Commons.



Episode 41 - Howl's Moving Castle

Episode 41 - Howl's Moving Castle

Episode 40 - The Garden Party and Other Stories

Episode 40 - The Garden Party and Other Stories