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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

McEwan, Plagiarist?

In response to allegations that he used parts of the late Lucilla Andrews' 1977 autobiography No Time for Romance -- which told stories of Andrews' time working in a British hospital that treated Dunkirk's wounded -- in his Atonement, Ian McEwan says in the Guardian: "I drew on the scenes she described. Again, it was important to me that these events actually occurred. For certain long-outdated medical practices, she was my sole source and I have always been grateful to her. I have openly acknowledged my debt..."


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