April 22, 2009

Edwards plagiarized Momaday

Cassie Edwards Plagiarized THE WAY TO RAINY MOUNTAINSome of you may recall that Cassie Edwards, author of romance novels (including the "SAVAGE" Indian series) was caught plagiarizing last year. The site "Smart Bitches" catalogued a lot of the plagiarized passages.

I didn't follow all of it carefully last year, and missed this:

Edwards plagiarized from N. Scott Momaday's The Way To Rainy Mountain. The novel is read in a lot of high school English/Lit courses, which makes me think that teachers who teach it might want to add a segment on plagiarism to their unit.
(Excerpted from Debbie Reese's American Indians in Children's Literature, 4/13/09.)

Comment:  For more on the subject, see Trashy Novels Trash Indians and Romance Writer Copies Native Books.

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