The T. P. JAMES, “WRITE LIKE THE DICKENS CONTEST” IS OPEN TO ALL FANS OF DICKENS WHO WOULD LIKE TO AUDACIOUSLY ATTEMPT TO WRITE THE NEXT 800 WORD INSTALLNMENT OF CHARLES DICKEN’S NOVEL,
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 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 Dicken’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.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE CONTEST HERE.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Write Action to help support their mission, “to strengthen a community of writers in Brattleboro and the surrounding area; and to nurture, encourage, and promote the literary arts in the at-large community”.
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