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Words for the taking : the hunt for a plagiarist / Neal Bowers.

By: Bowers, Neal, 1948-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2007Description: 161 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780809327867 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0809327864 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Bowers, Neal, 1948- | Poetry -- Publishing -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Plagiarism -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Poetry -- Authorship -- History -- 20th century | Poets, American -- 20th century -- BiographyDDC classification: 811/.54 | B LOC classification: PS3552.O8732 | Z462 2007Summary: In January 1992, poet Neal Bowers received a phone call that changed his life. He learned his poems had been stolen and published under another name. Bowers hired a copyright lawyer and a private detective, and they began the agonizing hunt to track down the person who stole his creative work. Neal Bowers's wry and disturbing account of being the victim of a serial plagiarist is a real-life detective story with unexpected twists and startling revelations. This updated edition presents a final consideration of the bizarre case and remains the only book to offer a personal account of the effects of plagiarism. -- Back cover.
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Originally published: New York : W.W. Norton, c1997.

In January 1992, poet Neal Bowers received a phone call that changed his life. He learned his poems had been stolen and published under another name. Bowers hired a copyright lawyer and a private detective, and they began the agonizing hunt to track down the person who stole his creative work. Neal Bowers's wry and disturbing account of being the victim of a serial plagiarist is a real-life detective story with unexpected twists and startling revelations. This updated edition presents a final consideration of the bizarre case and remains the only book to offer a personal account of the effects of plagiarism. -- Back cover.

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Library Journal Review

This is a very different detective story. After discovering that a published poem of his had been plagiarized, Bowers, a poet and an English professor at Iowa State University, spent two years tracking down the mysterious word thief who "had two of my poems accepted as his own 20 times at 19 different literary magazines." With the aid of a sympathetic female detective, Bowers soon identified the plagiarist as a former Oregon schoolteacher with a criminal past. But more appalling to Bowers was the indifference of his academic colleagues to plagiarism's devastating effect. "Focusing on the poem as property with little value, they become the plagiarist's accomplices..., robbing the victim of his sense of worth." In contrast to fictional mysteries, the villain has not been punished and is now apparently plagiarizing short stories. An unsettling tale for those who care about the creative process.‘Wilda Williams, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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<p> Neal Bowers , Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a professor of English at Iowa State University, is the author of eight books, including Loose Ends ; Theodore Roethke: The Journey from I to Otherwise ; James Dickey: The Poet As Pitchman ; and Out of the South , a collection of poems. He has published more than four hundred poems and essays and received numerous awards for his writing, notably a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship, the Rainmaker Award, and the Midland Author's Award.</p>

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