A History of Plagiarism


What do Bob Dylan, Eli Wallach and Nabokov have in common? Artistic appropriation.

And it’s not just those guys—but possibly all artists. Appropriation, recasting stories and lines into another form, is inherently a part of all art. Jonathan Lethem’s essay, “The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism,” discusses appropriation, plagiarism and the historically-relevant participants of this artistic phenomenon.

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