THE T. P. JAMES, “WRITE LIKE THE DICKENS” CONTEST

The T. P. JAMES, “WRITE LIKE THE DICKENS CONTEST” IS A LIVE, FAUX SEANCE, OPEN TO ALL FANS OF DICKENS WHO WOULD LIKE TO AUDACIOUSLY ATTEMPT TO WRITE THE NEXT

800 WORD INSTALLMENT OF CHARLES DICKEN’S NOVEL,

The Life and Adventures of Bockley Wickleheap ”.

Join us OCTOBER 4th as part of the BRATTLEBORO LITERARY FESTIVAL

MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE CONTEST HERE.

WHAT ? YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF THIS NOVEL ?

 That might be because the person who wrote this novel, and announced its existence was not Charles Dickens, but T. P. James, a con man who appears to have preyed upon believers of the spiritualist movement in the 1870′s. He first completed Dicken’s novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, before moving on to other novels, supposedly dictated to James by Dicken’s ghost, after Dickens’s death in 1870.

This con job was not an act of plagiarism, but rather a type of literary fraud championed  by T. P. James, false attribution. T. P. James claimed that he didn’t write this book. Charles Dicken’s ghost dictated it to him. The fact that he was a printer and publisher was very convenient, as he could print you a copy and turn his “dictated novel” into cash. It is of course possible that T. P. James fooled even himself into thinking that he was channelling Dicken’s ghost, and that this solid belief gave him the confidence to attempt to finish Dickens’ unfinished novel.  However, he did leave a rather extensive record of deception in other spheres in his life, which makes believing his claims much, much harder. They were certainly hard enough to believe in the first place.

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