Why Writers Lie (and Plagiarize and Fabricate and Stretch the Truth and…)

Why Writers Lie (and Plagiarize and Fabricate and Stretch the Truth and...)

While “fake news” may be a current term of art, the literary hoax is a tale as old as the printed word. Whether it’s the fabrication of a Bob Dylan quote or the concoction of a madcap Howard Hughes tale, what happens after a writer’s lies are exposed? Paul Elie charts the course, from motive to mea culpa, of authors Jonah Lehrer, Clifford Irving, and more.

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