Quackery and Straws

[From the archives, originally published 25/9/2011] As Edgar Allen Poe, wrote in The Literati of 1850: “There are very few points of classical scholarship which are not the common property of
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[From the archives, originally published 25/9/2011] As Edgar Allen Poe, wrote in The Literati of 1850: “There are very few points of classical scholarship which are not the common property of “the learned” … and in composing any book of reference recourse is unscrupulously and even necessarily had in all cases to similar books which have preceded… it is the practice of quacks to paraphrase page after page … preserving the spirit of the whole, its information…, while everything is so completely re-written as to leave no room for a direct charge of plagiarism…. he who, in availing himself of the labors of his predecessors (and it is clear that all scholars must …) who shall copy verbatim the passages to be desired… even if he fail to make direct acknowledgment of indebtedness — is unquestionably less of the plagiarist than the disingenuous and contemptible quack who wriggles himself, as above…” As Poe noted “the design in any such compilation is … to make a. . .

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