Cover

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Title page, Series page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vii

Contents

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pp. viii-ix

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Acknowledgements

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pp. x-xi

Because this book is about varieties of literary fraud, I have been very keenly aware that the glamour of authorship is really a matter of borrowed plumes; readers of Chapter 5 will appreciate my need to make the following...

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1 - Doubting Tho mas The Implications of Imposture in Autobiography

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pp. 1-18

On 4 October 1943, Heinrich Himmler told senior SS offi cers assembled at Poznan that the extermination of the Jews was a proud secret, a page of German history that would never be written. They would leave no evidence, no archive. However, the speech itself served as an archive...

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2 - Faith, Doubt, and Textual Identity

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pp. 19-40

I have suggested in my invocation of Doubting Thomas that faith and doubt are Janus-faced, two sides of the same experience. Anne Sexton knew this; as epigraph for her poem sequence...

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3 - Sensational Identities: Made in the Media

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pp. 41-62

Media tycoon William Randolph Hearst is credited with suggesting that one should never let the facts get in the way of a good story. Clearly, he understood the signifi cant role the media play in feeding the public appetite for scandal (Boese 89). Scandal, after all, sells...

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4 - “The Song My Paddle Sings”: Grey Owl and Ethnic Imposture

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pp. 63-84

Archibald Belaney was born in Hastings, England, in 1888, and raised by his grandmother and two maiden aunts. He was educated in part at home, where he developed considerable ability on the piano, then attended Hastings...

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5 - “Frautobiography, ” or, Discourses of Deception

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pp. 85-120

Foucault’s question “What is an author?” and his own response from Beckett, “What matter who’s speaking?” resonate throughout discussion of imposture in autobiography. I set out to demonstrate in Chapter 2 how volatile the relations were between an apparently identifiable...

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6 - In Search of the Subject: The Disappearance of the Jews

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pp. 121-148

On Monday, 25 April 1983, Stern magazine in Germany produced 2.25 million copies of a special issue titled “Hitler’s Diary Discovered.” Robert Harris describes these “diaries,” which cost...

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In Conclusion: Textual Identities at Work in the World

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pp. 149-154

One of my favourite stories, which has stayed with me since childhood, is that of “Little Lady Margaret.” Timid and plain, Lady Margaret grows up the only child of a grim duke (who had wanted sons) and is to be given in marriage to his former enemy, an elderly and very nasty...

Notes

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pp. 155-162

Works Cited

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pp. 163-176

Index

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pp. 177-198

Books in the Life Writing Series

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pp. 199-200

Back Cover

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pp. 201-201