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The JT Leroy literary hoax

Filed under: Fraud and Deception, Literary Hoaxes, The History of Pranks

From Steffani Martin:

JT LeroyAuthor JT Leroy hoaxed many people with “autobiographical” novels and stories based on his tragic youth as a transvestite prostitute. He got the sympathy of many famous people, and some hot book and movie deals until it came out that “he” is a middle class woman who made it all up to gain publicity for her career in the rock music business.

Warren St. James, of The New York Times exposed the hoax¬ (see article below) as did New York¬ writer Stephen Beachy (also available from Susie Bright’s blog). Susie Bright discusses the hoax further here. (more…)