NABOKV-L post 0018423, Thu, 2 Jul 2009 19:04:31 -0300

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[NABOKOV-L] Tamerlane and conchology: E.A. Poe and plagiarism
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Collin's 2006 Slate article on plagiarism has a slight connection to Pale Fire!
Pale Fire:
Line 347, commentary by CK and "variants":
"And when above the livid plain/ Forked lightning plays, therein may dwell/ The torments of a Tamerlane,/The roar of tyrants torn in hell."
CK, line 12: [...] "To return to the King: take for instance the question of personal culture. How often is it that kings engage in some special research? Conchologists among them can be counted on the fingers of one maimed hand".

Here it is:
It's long been known that Poe plagiarized an early book, a hack project titled The Conchologist's First Book,* and that Herman Melville swiped many technical passages of Moby Dick whole from maritime authors like Henry Cheever.
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Correction, Dec. 5, 2006: The article incorrectly stated that The Conchologist's First Book was Poe's first book. In fact, that would be Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827). The Conchologist was Poe's only book to go into a second edition during his lifetime.

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