Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictitious Authors

Beskrivning
Texts purporting to be something they're not, or by authors who don't exist. Includes intentional hoaxes as well as cases where the fictional pretense was transparent or not intended to fool audiences, or authors who obscured their identity out of necessity. I'd prefer not to list fakes that are expoitative or harmful (i.e. falsified memoirs of suffering, racist tracts).
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3,656 medlemmar
125 recensioner
3.1
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spiphany, rgashby
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spiphany: Originally published under a pseudonym and claiming to be a translation from the Italian. "Found manuscript" genre.
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3,608 medlemmar
81 recensioner
½ 3.3
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bluepiano
Förklaringar
bluepiano: This woman knew how to keep a secret. (Cf Ingeborg Day.)
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2,648 medlemmar
21 recensioner
½ 3.6
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spiphany
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spiphany: 11th century Latin chronicle supposedly based on ancient British sources. Highly influential into the 16th century, but now considered to be more fabulation than history.
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1,913 medlemmar
16 recensioner
3.9
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bluepiano
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bluepiano: Et al. This one written by Victor Eremita. Cf Pessoa.
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1,738 medlemmar
18 recensioner
½ 3.7
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spiphany
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1,582 medlemmar
84 recensioner
3.9
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spiphany
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spiphany: Written in the style of a "true crime" novel but made up of fictional historical documents. Not intended to deceive.
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1,497 medlemmar
36 recensioner
½ 3.3
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spiphany
Förklaringar
spiphany: Novel about a literary hoax that takes on a life of its own. Inspired by the Ern Malley affair.
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39 recensioner
4.1
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bluepiano
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bluepiano: Emile Ajar won his second Prix Goncourt for this.
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975 medlemmar
21 recensioner
4.1
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spiphany
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spiphany: The real identity of the German-language writer behind the pseudonym still remains a matter of much debate and speculation.
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949 medlemmar
47 recensioner
3.8
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spiphany
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spiphany: Author behind the pseudonym is still disputed; possibly Essad Bey/Lev Nussimbaum
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876 medlemmar
16 recensioner
½ 3.6
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spiphany
Förklaringar
spiphany: Novel about Thomas Chatterton (see this list) and an exploration of fiction and authenticity more generally.
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791 medlemmar
32 recensioner
½ 4.6
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spiphany
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spiphany: An illustrated encyclopedia written in a nonsense script (i.e., a non-text pretending to be a text). A literary/artistic experiment, not a hoax, though drawing inspiration from the undeciphered Voynich manuscript (which has been suspected of being a forgery).
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742 medlemmar
32 recensioner
½ 4.3
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spiphany
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540 medlemmar
12 recensioner
3.9
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spiphany
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spiphany: Published by Lessing under a pseudonym to make a point about how the acceptance of manuscripts and reception of publications is influenced by how famous the author is.
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509 medlemmar
29 recensioner
½ 3.5
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spiphany
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spiphany: The pseudonym was originally given a fictional biography as a French-German writer from Brest, but later revealed to be German publisher Jörg Bong.
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2 recensioner
3.2
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spiphany
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spiphany: As a publicity stunt prior to publication of the book, Irving spread false reports about the disappearance of the purported author of the book, Dutch historian Mr. Knickerbocker
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337 medlemmar
21 recensioner
3.2
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spiphany
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spiphany: The Frenchman Nicolas Barreau (along with the German translator Sophie Scherrer) may in fact be German author Daniele Thiele.
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285 medlemmar
4 recensioner
3.8
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spiphany
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spiphany: Poems in the manner of Sappho, presented as translations from the ancient Greek.
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279 medlemmar
2 recensioner
½ 3.3
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spiphany
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264 medlemmar
4 recensioner
4.2
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spiphany
Förklaringar
spiphany: Pessoa is famous for his use of various personas or "heteronyms". No intent to deceive in this case.
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243 medlemmar
15 recensioner
½ 3.7
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spiphany
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spiphany: Purports to be a translation from the French
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179 medlemmar
½ 3.7
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spiphany
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spiphany: Pseudotranslation by Arabist Richard Burton, purportedly of of a Persian poem by Hâjî Abdû El-Yezdî
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5 recensioner
3.1
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spiphany
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spiphany: The existence of the manuscript upon which Selbourne's translation is based has never been established, and seems likely to be a fiction.
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9 recensioner
½ 3.6
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spiphany
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spiphany: Claimed to be translations of ancient Celtic epic poetry, but in fact largely MacPherson's own creation
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146 medlemmar
6 recensioner
3.8
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spiphany
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140 medlemmar
32 recensioner
3.1
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spiphany
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136 medlemmar
4 recensioner
3.8
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bluepiano
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bluepiano: Pseudonym + convincing cod non-fiction
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129 medlemmar
1 recension
½ 4.3
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spiphany
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spiphany: Like many satirists, Tucholsky mostly published his writing under a variety of aliases, each of whom had their own distinct persona
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121 medlemmar
4 recensioner
½ 3.7
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spiphany
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spiphany: Biography of a poet who never existed
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113 medlemmar
2 recensioner
4
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spiphany
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spiphany: The author behind "Bonaventura" was debated into the 1980s. Now generally accepted as being August Klingemann.
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111 medlemmar
½ 4.3
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spiphany
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spiphany: Includes the "Songbook Of Sebastian Arrurruz", pseudotranslations of a fictitious Spanish poet.
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109 medlemmar
2 recensioner
½ 3.4
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spiphany
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spiphany: Russian-born Makine originally had to pretend that his French manuscripts were translations because publishers refused to believe he had written them in French. Makine also later published several novels under the pseudonym Gabriel Osmonde, whose identity was only discovered in 2011.
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104 medlemmar
2 recensioner
4
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bluepiano
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bluepiano: Companion volume to the collection of his poetry.
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101 medlemmar
3 recensioner
½ 3.4
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spiphany
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98 medlemmar
½ 4.7
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spiphany
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97 medlemmar
6 recensioner
½ 3.4
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spiphany
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91 medlemmar
1 recension
3.1
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spiphany
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spiphany: Presented as a work of musical history about a genre that never existed. According to the author the fiction was not intended as a hoax.
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87 medlemmar
3 recensioner
½ 3.5
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spiphany
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spiphany: Attracted criticism for the way it blends factual travelogue and fiction
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77 medlemmar
5
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spiphany
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spiphany: Arthur Train, a lawyer, published numerous stories about legal cases by the fictional Ephraim Tutt; the publication of Tutt's "autobiography" caused much confusion about whether Tutt was in fact fictional.
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72 medlemmar
1 recension
½ 3.6
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spiphany
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spiphany: Biography of a fictional nineteenth-century British nobleman and art critic
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52 medlemmar
3 recensioner
½ 4.3
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spiphany
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51 medlemmar
2 recensioner
½ 3.4
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spiphany
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46 medlemmar
1 recension
3
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spiphany
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45 medlemmar
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spiphany
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44 medlemmar
½ 3.4
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spiphany
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spiphany: Book by two German authors, originally published under the pseudonym Bjarne P. Holmsen as a translation from the Norwegian
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38 medlemmar
1 recension
½ 3.3
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spiphany
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spiphany: Persona used for a number of reader letters sent to two California newspapers in the 1980s. Real identity was likely the poet Tom Hawkins.
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36 medlemmar
3.8
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spiphany
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spiphany: Franklin had a number of pseudonymous personas which he used when publishing satirical commentary.
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30 medlemmar
3.8
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spiphany
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26 medlemmar
1 recension
4
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spiphany
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spiphany: Includes "Seven Poems from the Welsh" attributed to the fictional poet Sion ap Brydydd.
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26 medlemmar
1 recension
½ 3.3
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spiphany
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26 medlemmar
1 recension
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spiphany
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24 medlemmar
3.2
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spiphany
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20 medlemmar
½ 4.3
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spiphany
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spiphany: William Sharp went so far as to enlist his sister to assist him in maintaining the ruse of Fiona MacLeod being a real person.
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18 medlemmar
1 recension
3
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spiphany
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17 medlemmar
2.8
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spiphany
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15 medlemmar
½ 3.5
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spiphany
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14 medlemmar
1 recension
½ 4.3
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bluepiano
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bluepiano: I've read more than one review treating this as a work of non-fiction.
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14 medlemmar
1 recension
3.8
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spiphany
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13 medlemmar
5
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bluepiano
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bluepiano: Not a story from Sanskrit despite some critics of the time believing it was.
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13 medlemmar
1 recension
4
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spiphany
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11 medlemmar
3.2
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bluepiano
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bluepiano: a poetic index, a false history of its MS
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10 medlemmar
4
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spiphany
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9 medlemmar
1 recension
½ 3.5
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spiphany
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8 medlemmar
½ 4.5
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spiphany
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spiphany: Includes a number of ostensible translations of the Romanian poet Liviu Campanu, alongside original poems and translations of actually existing poets.
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8 medlemmar
4
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spiphany
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7 medlemmar
5
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spiphany
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spiphany: Pseudotranslation by American poet and translator Kenneth Rexroth pretending to be a young Japanese woman.
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7 medlemmar
5
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spiphany
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7 medlemmar
½ 3.5
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bluepiano
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bluepiano: I've seen this too reviewed as non-fiction.
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6 medlemmar
½ 3.5
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spiphany
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spiphany: The young author presented his novel as a German translation of a book by his idol, Walter Scott.
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spiphany
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spiphany: "Lost Shakespeare" manuscripts forged by Ireland in the 18th century
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spiphany
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spiphany: 18th century account by a shipwrecked sailor in Madagascar, later believed to be a fiction (possibly by Defoe), but may in fact be genuine.
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6 medlemmar
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spiphany
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spiphany: Collection of translations and adaptations of various poets, including poems by the fictional Indian poet Gopal Singh.
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5 medlemmar
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spiphany
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spiphany: Supported by various people who were aware of or had recognized the pretense but spontaneously decided to play along, including a dentist who posed as Karavis for the press. The author has published several additional pseudotranslations by other personas.
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spiphany
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spiphany: Two two frauds or fictions from antiquity, both purportedly written by survivors of the Trojan War.
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5 medlemmar
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spiphany
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spiphany: The Roman poet "Quintilius" is an invention of Russell
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5 medlemmar
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bluepiano
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bluepiano: pseudonym + convincing cod non-fiction--good review here: http://cafeirreal.alicewhittenburg.com/review6.htm
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5 medlemmar
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bluepiano
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bluepiano: In a way, the inverse of the others: the story was straightforwardly fiction but the public turned it into a hoax after the fact.
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spiphany
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spiphany
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spiphany: Collection of "old Scottish ballads" which were mostly original creations of a contemporary poet, Allan Cunningham. Cromek may or may not have been aware of the poems' real origins.
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bluepiano
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bluepiano: Why didn't this occur to me straight away? Notorious hoax.
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3 medlemmar
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spiphany
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spiphany: The discovery that the biography of "Aléa Torik" was a fiction caused a stir in the German blogosphere and media (the name might have been a clue...)
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3 medlemmar
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spiphany
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spiphany: Collective pseudonym invented by four 19th-century Russian satirical poets
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3 medlemmar
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spiphany
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spiphany: A "Swedish" crime novel written by two German authors with the help of a fictional translator
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2 medlemmar
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spiphany
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spiphany: Not an "Albanian writer" at all, it turns out.
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1 medlem
1
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spiphany
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1 medlem
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spiphany
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spiphany: Speculations abound as to whether Schneitewind ever existed or is an invention of the manuscript's "discoverers", Köhlmeier and Schrott (the latter seems most likely).
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1 medlem
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spiphany
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spiphany: British-Canadian author Robin Skelton writing as a French surrealist poet.
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1 medlem
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spiphany
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3,092 medlemmar
50 recensioner
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1,064 medlemmar
28 recensioner
3.9
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977 medlemmar
23 recensioner
½ 3.5
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641 medlemmar
8 recensioner
4
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342 medlemmar
11 recensioner
3.9
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143 medlemmar
2 recensioner
½ 3.3