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Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Burger King's Left-Handed Whopper Hoax, 1998
Fake Photos of Very Large Animals
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Collage Poetry
Prize-winning Australian poet Andrew Slattery (winner, most recently, of the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, that came with a jackpot of £5000) is being stripped of many of his prizes after judges discovered that most of his poetry consists of lines lifted from the works of other poets. For instance, his poem Ransom, which won him the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize (and potentially $10,000 — he hadn't received the money yet) was a stitched-together version of "50-odd poets' work, some of them famous, such as Americans Charles Simic and Robert Bly, and one Australian, Chris Andrews."

Slattery now explains that he intended his poems to be a form of "collage poetry" written in the "cento format." Apparently this is a kind of poetry that's a patchwork of lines from other poems. He just failed to mention this fact to anyone. [Sydney Morning Herald]
Categories: Literature/Language
Posted by The Curator on Fri Sep 13, 2013
Comments (1)
I see no reason why this should be any worse than other "found" or "quoted" art, like Duchamp's readymades or pop-art's use of strip images.
Posted by Richard Bos  in  The Netherlands  on  Sun Sep 29, 2013  at  07:40 AM
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