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Words for the Taking: The Hunt for a Plagiarist

Bowers, Neal

Verlag: W W Norton & Co Inc, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1997
ISBN 10: 0393040070 / ISBN 13: 9780393040074
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Titel: Words for the Taking: The Hunt for a ...

Verlag: W W Norton & Co Inc, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Erscheinungsdatum: 1997

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Fine

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine

Auflage: First Edition.


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Inhaltsangabe: Following the discovery of a stolen poem, Neal Bowers finds alarming evidence of repeated thefts of two of his own poems. Other poets are also found to have been plagiarized, but none more than once. Bewildered to be the "victim of choice", as instances of theft mount, Bowers feels his own creativity stifled. Determined to hold the plagiarist accountable, Bowers is drawn into a bizarre chase, which he documents in this book, describing the publicity generated by his experience. The theft introduces the poet and his wife to the legal system and to a sympathetic detective, and he reveals the varying reactions of fellow poets, and touches on the even more ambitious activities of the plagiarist. Finally, a strange and entertaining correspondence ensues as a result of the affair.

Rezension: In Words for the Taking author Neal Bowers takes the reader on an unusual hunt for a literary stalker. A poet and teacher by profession, Bowers became a detective out of necessity when he discovered one of his poems had been plagiarized and repeatedly published by someone calling himself David Sumner. Later, he learned Sumner had stolen more of his work and the poems of other writers as well. Here he describes his almost surreal search for the plagiarist and its surprising aftermath.

For Neal Bowers, David Sumner--a.k.a. David Jones--became an almost mythic adversary, and Bowers's quest for justice a kind of heroic quest. The character of the plagiarist is at the heart of this story: who was "David Sumner" and why did he steal another man's words? The answers to these questions prove as troubling as they are startling.

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