Yuri P. Kugach,
oil on board, 1973.
Discovery by google.
The internet and investigation made easy.
Seems there is a startling similarity in mutiple passages between the works of a long-selling romance writer with mutiple published novels (about a hundred) and a number of specified non-fiction books.
Read the whole story at Smart Bitches.
Who ferreted it out.
This latest revelation of the obscene (a Kipling quote, btw, from Stalky & Co.) leaves me with three questions. Besides disgust.
1. (a) Though I have never (to my knowledge) read the author in question, it's claimed that the passages in question differ strongly from the author's regular style. A fact which initially caused the critics to goggle and google.
If so, if the change in style and tenor is as blatantly obvious as claimed, whyinhell didn't the writer's agent/editors notice?
(b)Surely, this apparent editorial failure did not stem from a perception that romance readers are either too stupid to notice or too lazy to care?
2. Whyinhell didn't the author make some passing acknowledgement of her sources. At the very least?
3. And will we see in the future, powered by google, an internet industry devoted to uncovering similar incidents of alleged plagiarism?
A cling thing. In the form of a stretchy-armed tree frog with startled, bulbous eyes.
Though the product warning advises against placement on car windows, to me, that seems like an ideal location.