"The definitive book on the subject" of plagiarism (The New York Times) is updated with a new afterword about the Internet.
What is plagiarism, and why is it such a big deal? Since when is originality considered an indispensable attribute of authorship? Stolen Words is a deft and well-informed history of the sin every writer fears from every angle. Award-winning author Thomas Mallon begins in the seventeenth century and pushes forward toward scandals in publishing, academia, and Hollywood, exploring the motivations, consequences, and emotional reverberations of an intriguing and distressingly widespread practice. In this now-classic study, Mallon proves himself to be one of our most versatile, original, and delightful writers.
About the Author
Thomas Mallon 's books include the novels Henry and Clara , Two Moons , Dewey Defeats Truman , and Aurora 7 ; a collection of essays, In Fact ; and his book on the assassination of JFK, Mrs. Paine's Garage . His work has appeared in The New Yorker , The New York Times Magazine , The American Scholar , and GQ . He received the National Book Critics Circle award for reviewing in 1998. The recipient of a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in Westport, Connecticut.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"To borrow from one is plaigarism. To borrow from many is research."This line kept popping into my head as I read this work on the history of plaigarism. They kept popping into my head, however, because my mind kept wandering. I doubt this is the author's fault, though. His examples are probably very engaging-to people who have read them. Most of the book, however, looks at literary pilfering-and only a few of the items his mentions were at all familiar, which slowed my reading down quite a bit.Probably a good book for rhetoric and literature buffs, but otherwise could be avoided.