novelist La Plante accused of being copycat
Sep 6 (DPA) Best-selling crime writer Lynda La Plante's 1993
novel "Entwined" contains passages lifted from Auschwitz
survivor Olga Lengyel's 1947 memoir "Five Chimneys",
news reports said Saturday.
multimillionaire British author denied plagiarism but admitted
to The Sydney Morning Herald that a research assistant
may have been the culprit.
Plante, who shot to fame with the television series "Prime
Suspect" starring Helen Mirren, was taken to task by
an eagle-eyed Australian reader who recognised several almost
identical passages about the workings of the Auschwitz death
Lengyel had written that the ovens could dispose of "three
hundred and sixty corpses every half hour, which was all the
time it took to reduce human flesh to ashes," La Plante
wrote "three hundred and sixty corpses every half hour
- all the time it took to reduce human flesh to ashes".
Knox, the newspaper's literary editor, commented that "outsourcing
any task always has its perils, and when asked how much material
her assistants put into her novels and how she checks that
they are not plagiarising other books, La Plante's lawyers
said "Entwined" was unique and her other books were
not "researched on the same basis".
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