“His eyes were a cold blue. He had the kind of weather-beaten face that suggested years of outdoor activity, and the square jaw of a matinee idol." (original by Raymond Benson)
"His eyes were a warm blue and he had the kind of weather-beaten face that suggested years of outdoor activity. Chase almost had the look of an old-time matinee idol, but there was a certain quirkiness, a wistfulness, a rueful irony to his face that left a different kind of emotional trademark."
I immediately emailed the publisher,... asking them to remove the Q&A I had done with him from their websites – he had of course also plagiarized many of his comments in it, from Dream Time by Geoffrey O’Brien, which was also the source for much of his book’s prologue – and to withdraw the book.
Thomas Mallon, best known these days for his historical novels, such as 'Henry and Clara'' and the recently published 'Two Moons,'' examined plagiarism in a 1989 nonfiction book, 'Stolen Words.'' He favors the notion, first advanced about 20 years ago in an American Scholar article by Peter Shaw, that plagiarism is a form of kleptomania.
'The most striking thing is there's this lack of need to do it,'' Mallon says. 'Just as kleptomania tends to be a crime of upscale people - the woman slipping a can of soup into her fur coat - frequently what you notice about plagiarists is that they are themselves talented people, and it's not a question of their being unable to produce.''
Novelist Mallon, again citing Peter Shaw's kleptomania theory, says he's convinced that plagiarism has its compulsive aspect, and that if a writer does it once, he'll do it again. 'What Shaw says is that, after a while, the thrill of getting away with it,'' Mallon says, 'can at some point be replaced with the thrill of getting caught.''
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