There are already a number of Top Ten Lists of these kinds of hoaxes, including one from the Guardian and another from ABC News. They include a handful of Holocaust memoirs and James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces.”
But then I started to think more about it. What is a hoax, anyways, when dealing with literature? Why do people allow themselves to feel betrayed by an author? I’m going to hesitantly posit an idea: The whole concept of a literary hoax is a dying one because of the advent of postmodern literature.
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