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Plagiarism as Cannibalism

Charles Olson’s Call Me Ishmael perplexed me all morning until now—and I got it like a lightbulb.  The critical book/essay written in a very non-traditional prose-poem style, but that isn’t what threw me off; it was the beginning story, which he calls the “First Fact” about a ship sunk by a collision with a whale … Continue reading

Notes on Poe’s Little Longfellow War

When I first put together my list on Poe, I picked up the impression from multiple sources that Poe’s accusation against Longfellow was just a result of his illness/alcohol issues/mental instability, and also the fact that it’s not be widely accepted that Longfellow is a plagiarist contributed to me having the preconception that Poe must … Continue reading

Prussic Acid–diluted

So, I’m reading about Poe’s caustic reviews of other authors’ writings while he worked as an editor.  These reviews were so harsh (a friend said something like ‘Poe uses prussic acid instead of ink to write his reviews’), and were such a departure from the typical “puff” editorial pieces of the day that he made … Continue reading

Rediscovering Wilde’s Fairytales

In the midst of reading through my comps lists, I’m consistently tempted to “order off menu.”  I keep finding articles that I wish I would have included, some with key information like Josephine Guy’s work on the extent of Wilde’s plagiarism (I’m kicking myself!), and some involve threads of exploration I had no idea existed, … Continue reading

Poe and the Case of the Purloined Textbook

For the moment, I am putting Wilde aside, to focus on one of my other authors: Poe.  Yep.  Poe was accused of plagiarism in writing a textbook, and then, a few years later, he went off his rocker (according to some critics) and publically accused Longfellow and other writers of plagiarism. My starting information on … Continue reading