[PW] Purported author

Luke Owens lilongjr at gmail.com
Tue Nov 29 09:02:27 PST 2016

I have to wonder if "Venus on the Half Shell" fits here? Kurt Vonnegut
ascribed it to his fictional character Kilgore Trout. However, the real
book was written by Philip Josè Farmer somewhat later.


On Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 5:18 AM, Helmrich, Ed <EHelmrich at iona.edu> wrote:

> True, but in the case of Moses the books weren't written down until 4-500
> BC, but they were transmitted orally and accurately from Moses and the time
> of Moses. In the case of Paul, his letters probably are his letters, you
> might be thinking of Hebrews (author not known for sure), or the Gospels,
> where it is the community of that Evangelist who might have helped with the
> writing of that Gospel, though still by that Evangelist,
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> Without wishing to open a can of worms, there are countless historical
> works that meet this description, including several books of the Bible.
> The first five books of the Old Testament were not written by Moses.
> Several of the letters ascribed to Paul were written by other people.  This
> is a larger example of "Churchillian drift", where writings or quotations
> are ascribed to famous authors in order to give them more weight.
> The more narrow inquiry might be "what are examples of works attributed to
> famous authors when everyone knows the attribution is fictional?", which is
> not quite the same thing that was asked.
> - Tom (really Tom, not somebody else)
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