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  •  Something that's puzzled me for years... (3+ / 0-)
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    so long ago my memory's pretty fuzzy. I had a book of horse stories. One was, I think, a chapter from a book by Farley, with a great description of a horse race -- between a stallion and a mare, IIRC. Loved that book.

    Then a few years later, reading my way through a big stack of Zane Grey westerns, I was horrified to read the same horse race story in practically identical words.

    I can't remember the title of either book. Has anyone else ever run across this, or am I hallucinating? Was Farley a plagiarist?

    •  no idea (3+ / 0-)
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      Zane Grey was so popular it wouldn't seem as if he would dare.  

      Maybe it stuck in his brain and he didn't know he was doing it.

      I was upset a few years ago when I read a story by a popular author that seemed to be too close to a story by a lady who was mostly forgotten.  It really bothered me.

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      by cfk on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:13:15 PM PDT

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    •  Most likely (3+ / 0-)
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      You read an anthology that pulled individual chapters from particular famous books together into a single surprisingly pointless volume. There were several of those around when I was a kid.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:34:29 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, I think the first book was a collection (1+ / 0-)
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        of chapters of "horse stories" from various books. But it was almost word-for-word identical to the horse race in the Zane Grey book, and it was NOT credited to Grey but to another writer.

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