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Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Great Electric Sugar Swindle, 1884
The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, 1959
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Dog wins art contest, 1974
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Who is Belle de Jour?
imageThe Belle de Jour weblog, which records the daily trials and tribulations of a London call girl, began attracting a lot of attention a couple of months ago. It wasn't just the racy, sexy content that got people hooked. It was also the fact that the writing was unusually good. So it wasn't a surprise when the anonymous Belle landed a book deal. But now a new element of controversy has been added to the story. As the London Times writes, "There is growing evidence that Belle may be a fictional character who has never been a prostitute." Dr. Dean Foster, who earlier unmasked the author of Primary Colors, analyzed Belle's writing and concluded that it was very similar to that of 33-year-old music journalist Sarah Champion (see thumbnail). Champion's agent is denying the charge, but Champion herself is staying mum, though she has stated that she's never been a prostitute. So we'll have to wait and see how this plays out. When I first came across the Belle de Jour site I suspected it might be a hoax just because Belle's life seemed a bit too exciting and glamorous. It seemed like something a writer would make up.
Update 3/21/04: Sarah Champion has written a piece in the Guardian responding to the allegations and insists, "I am not Belle de Jour."
Categories: Identity/Imposters, Sex/Romance
Posted by The Curator on Fri Mar 19, 2004
Comments (1)
I have some thoughts also that it's a fake, see:

"Belle de Jour" and literary forensics
http://sethf.com/infothought/blog/archives/000564.html
Posted by Seth Finkelstein  in  MA  on  Tue Mar 23, 2004  at  05:40 AM
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